Several times a year, the long-planned BAM Cultural District in Fort Greene has a media moment or two. New renderings get released, or plans are discussed, and then excitement builds. Sometimes, a developer for a major project even gets picked, and everyone pronounces the "stalled" arts district to be moving again. So it is today, with the Times noting that last month's choice of a local developer to build a $385 million project on city-owned land opposite BAM’s Harvey Theater is proof that Brooklyn planners' dreams for Fort Greene "may finally give the long-stalled arts district some momentum." Other evidence includes the planned start of work on the Frank Gehry-Hugh Hardy 299-seat Theater for a New Audience (dirt should move on that early next year), and the motions of a design process for a 30,000-square-foot public plaza nearby. In other words, the BAM Cultural District is moving and those condo marketing campaigns are accurate. We swear.
· Stalled Brooklyn Arts District Regain Momentum [NYT]
· BAM Cultural District Set to Go? [Curbed]