Storage Deluxe is planning to develop a 1,600-unit self-storage facility at 163 6th Street, in Gowanus, located five blocks from the 9th Street-Fourth Avenue stop on the F/G/R trains. CubeSmart will be operating the facility. The developer ground-leased the 38,125-square-foot property earlier this year in a $10 million deal, DNAinfo reports. Since the site is located within an M1-2 district, the site could accommodate up to 76,250 square feet of commercial or industrial space. Sixth Street Iron & Metal currently conducts their business out of a 4,000 square-foot warehouse on the site, and is planning to move across the street. Demolition permits and new buildings applications have not been filed yet.
Property owners of the Gowanus Arts Building – a three-story, 14,750-square-foot community hub at 295 Douglass Street, in northern Gowanus – are planning to renovate and upgrade their building. The project will see the construction of a theater and gallery on the ground floor, a rooftop vegetable farm, interior renovations to art studios, and exterior upgrades, according to DNAinfo. Spoke the Hub, a nonprofit dance organization, will hold events in the new theater, which will open in early 2017. The roof farm is being dubbed Gowanus Sky Farm and will be designed by Brooklyn Grange. Civic Architecture Workshop is designing the overall project. Construction is expected to begin this summer, although some existing tenants must first move out temporarily.
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.
Vasco Ventures has filed applications for a three-story, 7,552-square-foot office building at 188 Butler Street, in Gowanus, located seven blocks from the Union Street stop on the R train. The entire structure, which will include outdoor rooftop terraces, will be used for offices. There will be 4,973 square feet of space dedicated to commercial operations, and the structure will stand 58 feet above street level, which means that ceiling heights could easily top 15 feet per floor. Nataliya Donskoy’s Brooklyn-based ND Architecture & Design is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed in January for the 25-foot-wide site’s vacant three-story townhouse.
Back in November of 2015, construction was well underway to restore the two-story, 3,000-square-foot former New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company Building, also known simply as the Coignet Building, an individual landmark located at 360 Third Avenue, in Gowanus. Since then, construction of the new façade has finished and new windows have been installed. DNAinfo reports the project was also recently awarded the Lucy G. Preservation Moses Award by the New York Landmarks Conversancy. Whole Foods Market restored the exterior of the building and has placed the property on the market for $5 million. It could eventually be used as retail or community facility space, although the interiors still have to be gut-renovated. BL Companies is the applicant of record and Jablonski Building Conservation aided in the design process.