There's some pretty fierce competition between five developers to win the rights to build on the highly toxic Public Place site in Gowanus (after a massive cleanup). Details of the proposal put together by AvalonBay have been leaked and published by Brooklyn Daily Eagle. (Yes, that's the Gowanus Canal in the rendering.) The proposal would include 425 affordable rental units and 326 condos. There would be six buildings, one of them 12 stories high. The proposal also includes a 14,000-square-foot supermarket along Smith Street, another five retail locations with 18,400 square feet, 11,400 square feet of artists' space, a 2,500-square-foot art gallery, a 3,200-square-foot restaurant, a 5000-square-foot environental centers and a 1,200 square-foot youth center. There's also a 5,400-square-foot senior center and, finally, a 2,500-square-foot boathouse and pedestrian walkway on the Gowanus. Translation: the proposal includes something for everyone. It's too early to ID the favorite, though, as the other competitors for the choice expected next year include Related Companies, Two Trees Management, The Hudson Companies and The World-Wide Group.
· Plan for Developing Brooklyn’s Vacant 'Public Place’ Unveiled [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
· AvalonBay Stresses Affordable Housing in Public Place Bid [Brownstoner]
· Development Heavyweights Line Up for Toxic Gowanus Site [Curbed]