After seeing one rather mellow rendering in mid-2008, we didn't hear much from South Williamsburg's proposed Rose Plaza on the River development...until now. Brownstoner brings the news that Community Board 1's land-use committee voted 8-1 last week against a zoning change needed for the project. Board members criticized the 801-unit, three-tower complex for being composed mostly of studios and one-bedrooms, with only 20 percent of the units designated as affordable. The developers' response: the project will bring construction jobs to the neighborhood, the market will rebound, and the units will be an easy sell. Okay then! The architect's website originally projected Rose Plaza's completion in 2009, which is -- like the developers' sales predictions -- perhaps a tad optimistic, but 2009 has at least brought the project a more fearsome rendering.
· CB 1 Committee Not Digging Plans for Huge Burg Project [Brownstoner]
· Proposed Burg Rose Plaza On the River Rendered [Curbed]