The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio is now looking into proposing the rezoning of the Brooklyn neighborhood Gowanus, Politico reported. Beginning this fall, the Department of City Planning will conduct a study of the neighborhood. Following the completion of the study, the city will decide whether or not to officially propose a rezoning and begin the review and approval process. Between 2013 and 2015, local politicians met with community leaders and residents to discuss future changes to the neighborhood. The analysis, called Bridging Gowanus, determined more residential development would be acceptable only if affordable units are mixed into the new construction and existing manufacturing and office spaces are retained. If an official rezoning proposal is eventually launched, it should take roughly seven months for it to be passed.
Brooklyn-based McMahon Construction has filed applications for a two-story, 5,000-square-foot commercial building at 147 11th Street, in southern Gowanus. The ground floor will host a warehouse, followed by office space on the second floor and an upper penthouse level. Scott Schnall’s Brooklyn-based consulting firm is the applicant of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, single-family house. Demolition permits were filed in December. The site is located three blocks from the Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street stop on the F, G, and R trains.
Following news that a 1,600-unit self-storage facility would be coming to 163 6th Street, in Gowanus, Storage Deluxe recently filed official applications for a five-story, 76,460-square-foot structure at the site. The facility, which will be operated by CubeSmart, will feature four loading berths, three off-street parking spaces, an accessory office component, and five floors of storage units. Virginia-based Butz • Wilbern, Ltd., is the applicant of record. The 125-foot-wide, 38,125-square-foot property is currently occupied by a metal salvage business. Demolition permits were filed to raze the business’s two-story office building and metal shed in May. The site is located five blocks from the Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street stop on the F, G, and R trains.
Property Markets Group is in contract to purchase the vacant 166,000-square-foot property at 455-459 Smith Street, in Gowanus, for roughly $50 million, DNAinfo reported. The site – bound by Huntington Street to the south, Smith Street to the west, Fifth Street to the north, and the Gowanus Canal to the east – is zoned for manufacturing. It can support 332,000 square feet of commercial development as-of-right in the form of offices, hotels, retail, and manufacturing/industrial space. The eventual new owner is mulling the idea of building a mixed-use development with a hotel, offices, and retail space, although development plans are in very early stages. The site, once home the Citizens Manufactured Gas Plant, is currently undergoing a remediation headed by National Grid. The plant’s last warehouse structure was demolished years ago. The Smith-Ninth Streets stop on the F and G trains is located a block to the south.
Co-working and office space provider The Yard is converting the three-story, 24,800-square-foot former industrial building at 157 13th Street, in Gowanus, into modern office space. The company recently signed a lease for the entire property, according to Commercial Observer. After construction, the building will boast conference rooms, art installations, keycard access, a rooftop terrace, and a 1,900-square-foot café. The structure will also be restored and will see new windows, polished floors, exposed brick, and skylights. Completion is expected in November of this year. The property, located at the corner of Third Avenue, is located four blocks from the 4th Avenue-9th Street stop on the F/G/R trains.