Renderings Revealed for Gowanus Green Affordable Housing Complex in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Gowanus Green. Designed by Marvel Architects. Rendering courtesy of lemonsbucket. 

New renderings have been revealed for Gowanus Green, a six-building mixed-use complex in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Designed by Marvel Architects and developed by The Hudson Companies, Jonathan Rose Companies, The Bluestone Organization, and Fifth Avenue Committee, the four-acre master plan will yield 990,000 square feet across six buildings with 950 affordable homes, retail and community space, an 80,000-square-foot public grade school, and a new waterfront esplanade. SCAPE is the landscape architect for the project, which is bound by 5th Street to the northeast, Smith Street to the northwest, the Gowanus Canal to the southeast, and a vacant plot at 459 Smith Street to the southwest.

The aerial rendering above shows the structures enclosed in red and earth-toned brick façades surrounding orderly grids of large windows. Setbacks across multiple structures and their parapets are shown topped with green roofs, along with several photovoltaic arrays. A new tree-lined street is depicted cutting through the development, running from Smith Street to a central cul-de-sac. The tallest tower in the complex appears to stand 28 stories high.

The following renderings give a closer view of the retail and community spaces at street level, as well as the buildings’ brick façades and fenestrations with dark metal frames and spandrels. Glass railings line some of the rooftops and setbacks, and canopies mark the location of some of the residential entrances. New street lamps and garden beds will also surround the walkways.

Gowanus Green. Designed by Marvel Architects. Rendering courtesy of lemonsbucket. 

Gowanus Green. Designed by Marvel Architects. Rendering courtesy of lemonsbucket. 

Gowanus Green. Designed by Marvel Architects. Rendering courtesy of lemonsbucket. 

Gowanus Green. Designed by Marvel Architects. Rendering courtesy of lemonsbucket. 

Affordable homes at Gowanus Green will cater to a wide range of incomes and needs, including formally homeless, seniors, and low-income New Yorkers. Community spaces are slated to provide early childcare, healthcare, senior programming, and space for artists.

The nearest subways from the development are the F and G trains at the Smith-9th Streets station to the south and the Carroll Street station to the north.

A start and completion date for Gowanus Green has yet to be finalized.

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30 Comments on "Renderings Revealed for Gowanus Green Affordable Housing Complex in Gowanus, Brooklyn"

  1. great to see!

    • I really hope they install a housing pct in the middle of this! 950 apts of people will put a huge strain on the 76 pct.

  2. I see a lot of bikes in the rendering, but no bike paths. I hope Gowanus will have the same kind of shoreline paths that LIC and Greenpoint are becoming well known for. The 9th street bridge has a bike path, but either side could stand some improvements.

  3. theres a bike lane on the street in the second image

  4. Too dense. Looks like a mental facility of years past.

  5. David in Bushwick | April 6, 2024 at 11:24 am | Reply

    Wow, this is an impressive project and a very decent design. It seems like there should be more units than just the 950 affordable ones. Hopefully it’s all electric, passive construction and has no parking garage.

  6. Hopefully it’s completed this decade?

    • David : Sent From Heaven. | April 6, 2024 at 10:20 pm | Reply

      This style of building is popular, even though it is not powered by water power: Thanks to Michael Young.

  7. Linette Inglewood | April 6, 2024 at 11:51 am | Reply

    A great use of land and hope to see more developments on a scale like this soon!!

  8. DAVID,
    You must be a young guy that cant afford a car or is a bike person? Why so against having parking spaces?

  9. This is insane!
    We need more park space not more buildings at this point!
    And 28 Stories tall?! I thought the new zoning topped out at 22!
    And to build on a documented and still toxic area?!
    IN clear line of the fumes that blow inland from the Hamilton asphalt plant?!
    Profit over peoples health,Obviously
    Just terrible

    • Kevin Flagler | April 6, 2024 at 12:02 pm | Reply

      Are you serious?!?!? There’s an affordable housing crisis and you think adding a park is going to solve that?

    • Yes… I am serious.
      So you would be ok with building on contaminated land , harming people’s health all for the so called affordable housing which in my opinion is not even close to affordable. It’s sad , but true.
      I worry about health more than building wherever without taking into account the environment. I’d be perfectly fine if they built up that area commercial use or just left as is TILL they remedy the issue in that lot.
      Yes there IS an affordable housing crisis but there are so many other areas to build.
      Brooklyn is HUGE!

      • There doesnt seem to be a housing crisis on the upper west side. How about putting them on 11th ave above congestive pricing? Plenty of parks there.

      • If the land is too polluted to put housing i wouldn’t suggest putting a park. I am pretty park sympathetic but this seems fine. There are plans for green and open space in Gowanus. Two miles to the east is Prospect Park. A mile to the west is a large park in Red Hook. This green space is way overdue for a spruce up, but the added housing in Gowanus will likely provide the impetus.

    • Guesser is that you???

  10. JOHN BUCKHOLZ | April 6, 2024 at 12:09 pm | Reply

    Brian Fraser,

    I’m 41 and own my home in Crown Heights. Hope I’m old enough to comment on why parking spaces and cars are incompatible with the urban environment. It’s the most spatially inefficient mobility solution imaginable. Even if you don’t care about the ecological ramifications of covering 35% of our land area with mostly impermeable hardscape, or the localized emissions, or the rubber, rare metals, etc., cars are horrible for local governments who have to contend with the diffusion and diminution of the tax base caused by less efficient land use.

    Would I be happier in a city with modern transit and active mode infrastructure? Probably. I loved the 3 min subway headways in Mexico City and the tramway signal priority in Rabat. But even though our mass transit is mediocre, and even though the pedestrian environment is degraded here…I’d have to have a hole in my head to want to drive around

    • Rabat? You want the Greatest City in the World to emulate a third-world backwater? Seriously?

      Aren’t you the same Buckholz of Crown Heights who wrote in the Comments Section of the NYTimes recently that Crown Heights was a safe neighborhood, despite the rash of shootings there? So much for your knowledge of urban reality.

  11. this is great, I just hope they don’t do the bait and switch move like there doing and did to the Atlantic yards/pacific park towers, I also hope they do some serious chemical toxic clean up on those cancer causing grounds, because it will be a big law suit NYC will see, if people get sick from expose toxic, oh, and I hope the apartment units are not shoe box, they need to get rid of building studio apartments, 1 to 3 bedrooms are already dam tiny

  12. Dear Buckholz
    Stop all the millennial nonsense language. Cars have been around for a long time and are definitely needed for you’re so called. Mobility !! Get on your e bike and have mobile fun. You try to sound smart but come off like an entitled ……. Bye

  13. Dear Buck
    Move to Mexico City and enjoy!!

  14. I used to live on Court Street x 9th Street, about 3 or 4 blocks from the Gowanus expressway. I found the amount of pollution and noise from the constant cars and trucks was almost unbearable. This project is just a few feet away from it. Everyone whhi will live on that side will be miserable.

    The article says there will be 950 “affordable” units – which are sometimes only affordable if you make a decent salary. Is that the total # of apartments being built? Its not mentioned if any “unaffordable” units will be built also.

  15. For all the people here commenting that they hope there will be full remediation of the Gowanus Canal and the surrounding soil PRIOR to development, I only have one thing to say: wake up. Look at the number of buildings and construction sites in the current approved development zone right now. I’m sure there has been SOME work to remediate soil and continue dredging of the canal. But as a resident nearby, I seriously doubt it was done completely. I’ve seen firsthand how fast crews started pounding the soil and got to erecting these highrises after the official rezoning – almost as if environmental issues haven’t existed for over 150 years. I would like to be proven wrong! I’m completely open to any data proving that known toxins have been removed from the soil, groundwater, and surrounding environment. Obviously it’s not realistic to expect that all cancer-causing substances have been removed from a notorious Superfund site – but can we at least acknowledge the issue? Thanks!

  16. Changes a low density neighborhood to a very high density place. Originally the canal area was supposed to be turned into park land. Can you imagine how crowded the subway will be at Smith and 9th and Carol St.? Will the complex include a major food market? Where is the recreational area? What is the percentage of affordable housing? Where is the Fire and police support for this area? This area is also very congested in both the AM and PM with Brooklyn Battery Tunnel traffic, can bus schedules be increased under these conditions?

  17. Quinn Raymond | April 7, 2024 at 1:12 pm | Reply

    This seems like exactly the kind of housing we need to build a lot more of in the city, but what is the plan for flooding here? Isn’t this particular spot going to be under water in a few decades?

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