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Big Gowanus 'Public Place' Development Finalists Revealed

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The two development proposals that are finalists for the big Public Place site in Carroll Gardens/Gowanus were presented last night. While officials insisted on identifying them as "Plan A" and "Plan B," the plans come from The Related Companies and The Hudson Companies. Each would build more than 700 units of housing and offer up a lot of retail space and parkland along the Gowanus. Buildings range in height from 6-12 stories. The Hudson Companies proposal would offer about triple the retail and community space of the Related Companies proposal and, of course, big buildings to accommodate both. The proposals could still grow. The owner of an adjacent property that isn't included in the current plan is said to be interested in joining one of the development proposals, which would add 30-40 percent to the site.

Here are the details of the plans:
The Related Companies. Related would build 725 units of housing, 18,050 square feet of retail, 9,013 square feet of community space, 86,529 square feet of public open space. It would include 375 underground parking spaces. Of the housing in the Related proposal, 245 would be rental units, 480 would be condos and 100 would be senior citizen apartments. The project was designed by Handel Architects. Partners include Monadnock Construction Inc., Catholic Charities and Donna Walcavage Landscape Architect.

The Hudson Companies. Hudson would build 774 units of housing, 38,800 square feet of retail, 26,400 square feet of community space and 98,300 square feet of public open space. It would include 365 underground parking spaces. Of the housing, 380 units would be rental, 394 would be condos and 120 would be for seniors. The design comes from Dattner Architects. Partners in the ventur include the Fifth Avenue Committee, Jonathan Rose Companies and The Bluestone Organization.

Cleanup work on the heavily polluted site is schedule to start next summer. Officials hope to have residents living there by 2012.
· Public Place Development Finalists Detailed [GL]
· Vying Public Place Plans Get an Airing [Brownstoner]