Back in December of 2015, Alloy Development proposed to build two 104,000-square-foot office buildings, along with 138,000 square feet of public park space, at 234 Butler Street and 242 Back in December of 2015, Alloy Development and the property owners of 234 Butler Street and 242 Nevins Street proposed to build two 104,000-square-foot office buildings and, along with a 50,000 square-foot public park, in northern Gowanus. The proposal aimed to convince two city agencies, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Parks Department, to build two underground sewage tanks mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency under Thomas Greene Park—instead of seizing, through eminent domain, the properties currently ground-leased by Alloy. The EPA has been pushing to install the tanks beneath the park, because it’s already owned by the city and will need to be excavated eventually to clean up contaminants.
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Last fall, news surfaced that the 990-foot-long SS United States, a decommissioned 12-deck passenger liner built in 1952 and which set a trans-Atlantic that stands to this day, could be docked in Red Hook and transformed into a office and entertainment complex. The latest proposal now calls for a restoration of the vessel into an 800-passenger luxury cruise ship fit with 400 suites, according to the New York Times. Crystal Cruises would lead the ship’s makeover, which would cost between $700 to $800 million, about the cost of a newly built cruise ship of similar size. The company can also take the option to purchase the ship from SS United States Conservancy. The revived ship is tentatively expected to make its first voyage from New York in 2018. The ocean liner currently contains toxins that may complicate the renovation if the Environmental Protection Agency gets involved.
Alloy Development is seeking to build two 104,000 square-foot office buildings at 234 Butler Street and 242 Nevins Street, in northern Gowanus, located four blocks from the Union Street stop on the R train. DNAinfo reports those are the same properties the city is looking to seize through eminent domain to build two underground sewage tanks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the construction of the tanks, and is recommending for them to be built under Thomas Green Park, an adjacent block. Alloy has offered the city 138,000 square feet of public park space if they were to develop the properties, which both owners have already agreed to. The EPA says the adjacent park would have to be decontaminated regardless, and the agency will make the final decision on the tanks’ location in the next few weeks.