Thirteen years after the city unveiled a development blueprint for the BAM Cultural District, the area around the Brooklyn Academy of Music is finally seeing some big changes. The BAM Fisher theater opened last fall, the Theater for a New Audience will raise the curtain this summer, and the long-delayed BRIC House should finally be complete by next spring. With the cultural projects nearing completion, the city announced plans for three mixed-use residential buildings in November, and of course, private developers are getting in on the action, too?which brings us to our latest microhood map! We included only the biggies (so no townhouse-to-condos), but if there's something we missed, let us know in the comments.Read More
Mapping the BAM Cultural District Building Boom
Two Trees tower
In November, the city announced that Two Trees would be developing a large site bound by Flatbush, Ashland Place, and Lafayette Avenue with a 32-story residential tower. It will have 300-400 apartments, 20 percent of which will be affordable. There will also be 50,000-square-feet of cultural space, a 16,000-square-foot public plaza along Flatbush Avenue, and 23,000-square-feet of ground floor retail. Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos is the architect, and the arts space will be shared by BAM, 651 ARTS, and the Brooklyn Public Library.
Gotham Organization Development
At the same time the city announced the Two Trees building, they also finalized plans with the Gotham Organization to build a 600-unit residential building on a site bound by Rockwell Place, Fulton Street, and Ashland Place (currently a parking lot). It will be 515,000-square-feet, and it will have 40,000-square-feet of cultural, retail, and office space. Half of the apartments will be affordable, and 40 percent of the affordable units will be two-bedrooms.
BAM North Site II
RFPs for the final site of city-owned land in the BAM Cultural District were due at the beginning of February. The requirements were pretty loose; the RFP asked for 100,000-square-feet of floor area, with a minimum of 15,000-square-feet dedicated to cultural groups. The building can also include apartments and/or commercial space. Currently, the site, on the south side of Lafayette Avenue at Ashland Place is a parking lot.
95 Rockwell Place
Second Development Services plans to build a 200-room hotel designed by Thomas Leeser on Rockwell Place. Leeser is familiar with the area, as he designed the makeover of the Strand Theater, soon to be home of BRIC. The hotel, which will rise about 30 stories, will have a basement performing space, rooftop bar, banquet hall, and a restaurant that overlooks an outside arts plaza. SDS expects to begin construction this fall and complete the building within two years.
One of the first BAM Cultural District projects to get going was the makeover of the old Strand Theater, which still is not complete, more than five years after its announcement. Thomas Leeser designed plans to turn it into a high-tech performance space with TV studios, offices, and a glass workshop.
Last we heard, it would be opening in 2014. BRIC reps send word that they will be opening the first week of October. Hooray!
In September 2012, BAM opened the doors to its new Hugh Hardy-designed theater on Ashland Place. The project incorporated a historic citadel as its street level facade and constructed a new six story building behind it. It holds a 250-seat experimental theater, as well as a rooftop terrace, rehearsal spaces, offices, and BAM's first dedicated classroom.
Theatre For A New Audience
Hugh Hardy's firm, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, also design the glassy new home of the Theater for a New Audience. Located on Rockwell Place, the 27,500-square-foot theater has been in the works for nearly 13 years, and it will finally open this summer. It sits on the same city-owned lot as Two Trees' forthcoming tower.
66 Rockwell Place
Formerly known as 29 Flatbush Avenue, this residential tower will have 326 apartments ranging in size from studios to two-bedrooms. It's being developed by the Dermont Company, and amenities include a 42nd floor lounge, fitness center, and parking for 200 cars. Leasing is expected to begin this summer.
David and Douglas Steiner (of the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Steiner Studios) are behind this 52-story tower, which will bring 720 rental apartments to the area. Dattner Architects designed the building, and amenities include a landscaped terrace with a sun deck, a fitness center with a yoga studio, a dog run, a terrace, and bike storage for every unit.