Both Will Have Affordable Units Plus Retail Space and More
By Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BOROUGH HALL â€” Two proposed residential developments â€” one on the site of the old Navy Brig at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the other at 470 Vanderbilt Ave. in Fort Greene â€” will be considered at public hearings at Borough Hall Tuesday, June 30, before Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Both projects require zoning changes to allow residential and so are going through the cityâ€™s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). In the first step of that review, they both received unanimous approval from Community Board (CB) 2 on June 10.
The two public hearings are set to begin at 4 p.m. Brooklyn Borough Hall is at 209 Joralemon St. in Downtown Brooklyn.
As reported by Raanan Geberer in the Eagle on June 12, Navy Green, a project of Dunn Development Corp., will contain 434 residential units, 77 percent of which would be affordable, in several building configurations, plus retail stores and community facility space.
CB 2â€™s Robert Perris told the Eagle that the board had recommended adding accessory parking to the plan, which at the time did not include any off-street parking.
The Navy Green project, bounded by Flushing, Vanderbilt, Park and Clermont avenues in Wallabout, also involves an application to designate the property as an Urban Development Action Area.
470 Vanderbilt Ave.
The proposed development at Vanderbilt and Atlantic avenues in Fort Greene, a project of GFI Development Co., calls for approximately 350 residential units, 24 percent of which will be affordable, and 29 of those will be two-bedroom apartments.
â€śThis [the 24 percent] is above and beyond what we needed to do, but we worked with Council Member Letitia James and the community board to add more affordable units and more two-bedroom affordable units,â€ť said Corey Johnson, director of government affairs for GFI, who added that there were no objections and no comments at last weekâ€™s CB 2 meeting.
The design, which is by Costas Kondylis & Partners Architects, includes an eight-story section along Fulton Street with a setback at six stories, a 12-story section along Vanderbilt and Clermont avenues with a setback at nine stories, plus retail at street level and underground parking.
According to a report from CB 2â€™s Land use Committee, the developer is hoping to lease the retail space to a supermarket and a bowling alley.
GFI is also in the process of converting the existing adjacent manufacturing building, with 11 and 10-story portions, into smaller commercial spaces so it will be â€śa small business incubator.â€ť Leasing has begun for these as well as the retail spaces at street level.
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