It's been a while since we had a BAM Cultural District story, and this morning's item is fascinating: the Enrique Norten-designed library (above) that was to rise on a parking lot next to the Brooklyn Academy of Music?and which has had fundraising problems?is now totally dead, as opposed to mostly dead. In its place, a big mixed-use facility will be developed Two Trees Management, with 180 apartments and 187,000 square feet of commercial and arts space. It will also be designed by TEN Arquitectos' Norten. Among the groups and institutions that would have space there are the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and several dance companies, though the plan hasn't been formally approved. In addition, the Frank Gehry-designed Theater for a New Audience will shift to a new site from the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place so the city can use the land for affordable housing. Two Trees would pay the city $20 million for the site and give BAM a property worth $6.5 million to use for administrative offices and a community theater. When last seen in the BAM Cultural District, Two Trees' Walentas family had lost out on the right to build a different big mixed-use project.
· Mixed-Use Facility Planned For Brooklyn Cultural District [Sun]
· Small Developer Beats Out Walentases and Dermot for BAM Tower [Curbed]