125 3rd Street Rises Above Gowanus, Brooklyn

125 3rd Street. Designed by Fogarty Finger.

Construction is rising on 125 3rd Street, a 14-story residential building in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Designed by Fogarty Finger and purchased by Allan Lebovits, Joel Wertzberger, and Moishe Loketch with Ariel Property Advisors representing the sellers, the structure will yield 130 units with 25 to 30 percent set aside for affordable housing, and 12,750 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The property is located on a 20,407-square-foot block-through lot with 60 feet of frontage along 2nd Street and over 157 feet of frontage along 3rd Street. An exact number of affordable units has yet to be revealed.

Recent photographs show the reinforced concrete superstructure nearing the halfway mark. Crews were spotted tying steel rebar for the subsequent walls and columns at the top of the building, while metal frame studs and insulation boards are beginning to enclose the second and third stories.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

A secondary entrance will likely be located on the rear northern side, depicted in the following image.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

The renderings in the main photo and below preview the southern elevation and the northeastern corner of the building, respectively. The façade is shown composed primarily of light gray brick surrounding a grid of recessed windows with metal frames. A third-story setback on the eastern half of the southern face will likely be topped with an expansive terrace, and the building culminates in a bulkhead with floor-to-ceiling ribbon windows and a roofline that slopes downward to the western edge, which features a rounded corner. The parapet adjacent to the bulkhead is lined with glass railings, and the small wing extending to the north has a small pergola, suggesting the presence of two roof decks.

125 3rd Street. Designed by Fogarty Finger.

Ariel Property Advisors arranged the sale of the site, which offers 101,852 square feet of buildable space, for $29.5 million in September 2023 in a deal brokered by Cushman & Wakefield. In March, the developer acquired a $68 million construction loan to complete the project.

The nearest subways from the property are the F and G trains at the Carroll Street station to the north.

125 3rd Street’s anticipated completion date is slated for June 2026, as noted on site.

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9 Comments on "125 3rd Street Rises Above Gowanus, Brooklyn"

  1. It’s almost topped out now. Fastest building I’ve seen go up

  2. 30% affordable, 70% inaffordable.

  3. affordable for who? the high income? I really hope not, now its nothing wrong with some high income, but we also need truly affordable units for all incomes

  4. What’s Happening in Gowanus?
    The Canal

    The Gowanus Canal Was Designated a “Superfund Site”
    For over a century, the banks of the Gowanus Canal were line with industry and manufacturing companies, which released their toxic waste into the canal water as well into the ground. In 2010, the federal government identified the Gowanus Canal as one of the most toxic waterways in the entire country. It’s filled with toxins that pose serious public health risks. As a result, it was designated a “Superfund” site, and in 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency began a $1.5 billion cleanup of the canal.

    The Land

    The Gowanus Neighborhood Has Been Rezoned
    In 2021, 82 blocks in Gowanus were changed from mainly industrial use to allowing residential development. The existing industrial buildings being demolished in the neighborhood will soon be replaced by dozens of apartment towers reaching up to 30 stories tall.

    Most of the Rezoned Land is Highly Toxic
    The vast majority of development sites in Gowanus (see map, below) are filled with cancer-causing toxins due to a century of industrial use, and have been classified by NY State as “Brownfield sites.” Some have toxins as deep as 150 feet.

    The Infrastructure

    Sewage Frequently Flows Into the Canal
    During heavy rains, raw sewage flows into the canal because it exceeds the current sewer system’s capacity. As a result, the EPA has demanded that the City build two enormous “retention” tanks to keep excess sewage from going into the canal.

    What’s The Problem?
    The Land is Not Being Cleaned Up Fully, Leaving Toxins in the Soil
    All of these sites need to be cleaned up before residential buildings can be built. State law requires they be cleaned to “pre-disposal conditions”—as they were before industrial poisoning. However, this is NOT happening. For instance, at some sites, where toxins reach as deep as 150 feet, the State is only calling for developers to clean less than the top 8 feet of contaminated soil.

    Toxins Left in the Soil Can Enter Buildings And Threaten Future Residents’ Health
    The State itself acknowledges that when certain toxins (“volatile organic compounds” or VOCs) are left in the soil, they can “move into buildings and affect the indoor air quality.”

    Rather than remove them entirely, the State has decided that on the development sites, these toxins will be covered, or “capped,” with a slab of concrete. This method of dealing with toxic land, known as creating a “vapor intrusion barrier,” is very risky, and is so unreliable that these sites must be monitored every year, in perpetuity, to ensure that dangerous vapors haven’t penetrated people’s residences.

    The Most Deeply-Affordable Housing Is Planned for the Most Seriously Toxic Site
    Some of the worst contamination can be found at “Public Place,” a City-owned plot at the corner of Smith and Fifth Streets which for decades housed a manufactured gas plant that created waste known as “coal tar.” Exposure to coal tar has been linked to a variety of cancers. Coal tar at this site has been found to a depth of 150 feet.

    The cleanup proposed for this site is woefully inadequate, and only the top 8 feet of soil will be cleaned. It is also the only site in the entire rezone where 100% of the 950 apartments target lower incomes, including units for unhoused individuals and seniors. A school has also been proposed for this site.

    Placing the lowest-income residents in danger in this way raises Environmental Justice concerns.

    Toxins Are Not Confined To Their Original Sites and Threaten the Health of Existing and Future Residents
    Large “plumes” of migrating carcinogenic coal tar have already been found far from their original site in Gowanus, and with flooding and rising groundwater levels from climate change, these and other carcinogens can wind up underneath existing homes and intrude into them.

    Fumes from the Toxic Construction Sites Pose a Danger to the Community
    The disturbance of the land at these toxic construction sites has caused air monitors to be set off by toxic fumes reaching dangerously high levels, with the community not notified and only discovered after kids in the neighboring playground smelled it and reported it to our electeds.

    The Gowanus Canal will be Re-Contaminated With Toxins
    Without a full cleanup, toxins from the sites surrounding the canal will seep right back into the canal and re-contaminate it, thereby not only wasting $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars, but also returning the canal to its dangerously toxic state.

    Sewage Retention Tanks Are Not Being Built, and Sewage will continue to flow into the canal—and into our homes
    The City is not following the EPA’s timeline to build the required retention tanks, and at this point says that they won’t be complete until after 2030. And the retention tanks are only meant to deal with the current number of residents in the community; they don’t take into account the additional sewage that will be produced by 20,000 planned future residents.

    Without the required retention tanks, and given increases in rainfall as a result of climate change, sewage will (and has) backed up into people’s homes.

  5. David : Sent From Heaven. | May 21, 2024 at 11:39 am | Reply

    Make me repeat on the small wing extending so cute, that it had no other choice to hand with light gray brick: Thanks to Michael Young.

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