THIRD COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING

Posted on Jul 3, 2014
THIRD COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING

On June 25, 2014, over 150 people filled the Wyckoff Gardens Community Center to participate in the third and final Bridging Gowanus community planning meeting.

 

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WATCH A VIDEO OF THE MEETING

MIRAR UN VIDEO DE LA REUNIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

 

Thank you to the documentary filmmakers from Gowanus Current for allowing us to make use of some of their video footage from the meeting. Thank you also to Steve de Seve, our videographer, for splicing that footage into his recording.


 

THE PRATT CENTER’S PRESENTATION

Download the the presentation (1.1 MB)

 


 

Summary of Allowable Uses in M1 Zones

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M1 Info Graphic

 


 

SMALL GROUP EXERCISE FROM THE MEETING

Scenario 1:

A neighborhood with more hotels, big box stores, nightlife, and unplanned new building density that is the result of zoning variance requests. There are no zoning changes from the current condition. It includes a new school.

Scenario 2:

A neighborhood with a Balanced Mixed Use Zone that has low-rise, market-rate residential units and preservation of existing manufacturing uses at existing heights, but no new manufacturing uses. It includes a new school and a publically accessible canal.

Scenario 3:

A neighborhood with a Balanced Mixed Use Zone (manufacturing and residential) that has increased building density and some new amenities. It includes a new school and a publically accessible canal.

If you selected Scenario 3, please also select the sorts of amenities that you want to see in Gowanus. For each amenity, add two floors to your 4-story base building height.

- Affordable housing (add two floors), Definition: housing for families of 4 making between $52,000 and $104,000 per year.

- Deeply affordable housing (add two floors, Definition: housing for families of 4 making between $26,000 and $52,000 per year.
Note: you must also select “affordable housing” in order to achieve deep affordability.

- New maker space (add two floors)

- New artist space (add two floors)

- New parks and open space (add two floors)

- New pre-kindergarten seats (add two floors)

- Additional green features (add two floors), Definition: green infrastructure beyond the City’s current commitment, i.e. solar panels, greenroofs


ASSUMPTIONS FOR THE SCENARIOS

SCENARIO 1 FOR THE FUTURE OF GOWANUS


A neighborhood with more hotels, big box stores, nightlife, and unplanned new building density that is the result of zoning variance requests. There are no overall zoning changes. It includes a new school.

Assumptions:
This scenario is based on continuing trends in a strong economy with no new planning. Although a variety of uses and building scales would occur in this scenario, there would be no “community control” of where these would be located, since the real estate market would dictate their locations. In this scenario, a school would be located in the broader Gowanus area.

New Uses:
These include uses such as new residential density from variances, large footprint office and/or commercial uses, big box stores, hotels, nightlife clubs, etc.


ASSUMPTIONS FOR THE SCENARIOS

SCENARIO 2 FOR THE FUTURE OF GOWANUS


A neighborhood with a Balanced Mixed Use Zone that has low-rise market-rate residential units, preservation of existing manufacturing uses at existing heights, but no new manufacturing uses. It includes a new school and publically accessibly canal

Assumptions:
This scenario creates a Balanced Mixed Use Zone but does not allow new building density as-of-right. Some new unplanned density could occur through zoning variances. The outcome of this scenario could result in new residential uses displacing some of the currently existing manufacturing uses, though a land use/zoning tool will be in place to keep one use from dominating the area and completely displacing other uses. In this scenario, a school would be located in the broader Gowanus area, and if there were a change of use along the canal, a modest, publically accessible esplanade.

New Uses:
low-rise (1-4 story) market-rate residential buildings.


ASSUMPTIONS FOR THE SCENARIOS

SCENARIO 3 FOR THE FUTURE OF GOWANUS


A neighborhood with a Balanced Mixed Use Zone (manufacturing and residential), that has increased building density and some new amenities that have a relationship to the new density.

Assumptions:
This scenario is based in a land use change that allows balanced mixed use and new building density. It uses the logic that developers will not be willing to provide a variety of uses or provide additional amenities without greater density because their projects will not “pencil out” to be financially feasible without more space to sell or rent. A land use/zoning tool will be in place to keep one use from dominating the area and displacing other uses. In this scenario, a school would be located in the broader Gowanus area, and if there were a change of use along the canal, a modest, publically accessible esplanade.

New Uses:
The uses of new buildings will vary: one configuration many have been contemplating is “vertical mixed use” with manufacturing or maker space on the ground floor and residential above all in the same building; buildings could also be all-residential or all-manufacturing. Added amenities that are provided by additional density will allow for more of other types of uses across the neighborhood (such as artist space, “maker space” – see list).


Handouts from the meeting:

ASSUMPTIONS FOR THE SCENARIOS PDF (191 KB)

Third Meeting Handout

THREE SCENARIOS PDF (311 KB)

Third Meeting Handout