A couple months ago, we got a look at some renderings of what might soon be replacing the old Empire Stores coffee warehouse (and providing Brooklyn Bridge Park with a nice little cash infusion in the process.) At the time, none of the bidders' names were given, but they are now as Crain's has revealed half of the potential developers for that project, as well as half of the developers who responded to a similar RFP at John Street. In the running for the Empire Stores project are Jamestown Properties (of Chelsea Market fame), Two Trees (no strangers to controversial conversion of dilapidated waterfront factories), Robert A. Levine, Acumen Capital Partners, and Midtown Equities, which is said to be the front runner, and whose name probably portends something unpleasant about what is happening, or going to happen, or has already happened to that area of Brooklyn.
Contenders for the rights to build a thirteen-story condo building at One John Street (the proposals were all variations on a glassy and boxy theme) include Toll Brothers (who revealed plans for 120 "townhouse-style" condos at Brooklyn Bridge Park just last week), Robert A. Levine (again), Monadnock Construction, and "a European consortium that has entered a bid in partnership with High Line design superstars Diller Scofidio + Renfro." Now the only thing left to do it to match the developer to the rendering.
· Brooklyn Bridge Park sows seeds for borough land grab [Crain's]
· Empire Stores coverage [Curbed]
· John Street RFP coverage [Curbed]