Development—Brooklyn, New York

Gowanus Green

Gowanus Green is the winning response to an RFP issued by the City of New York for a 5.8-acre site in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Co-developed by Jonathan Rose Companies, the plan will transform a brownfield site along the Gowanus Canal into a vibrant mixed-use community marked by outstanding design and significant public open space, including a new city park.

Gowanus Green features eight residential buildings with ground floor retail and community serving uses, a dedicated community facility building and 3 acres of open space. The residential buildings include a mix of low-income rental apartments for families and seniors, as well as rental, co-op, and condominium apartments at a mix of household income levels; 70% of the units will be affordable to households earning between 30% and 130% of area median income (AMI). Thirty percent of the units will be priced at market rates.

Gowanus Green will seek LEED for Neighborhood Development designation for overall site design and LEED Silver designation for individual buildings. In addition to using green roofs, sustainable materials, and energy-efficient cooling/heating systems, the project features an advanced stormwater management system. Best management practices including a bioswale and detention areas in the park, will slow runoff and filter stormwater through plant materials on site before it is discharged into the canal.

The community facility building will provide a home for neighborhood non-profit organizations oriented towards recreation and environmental preservation. Ground-floor across the site is devoted to retail and community-serving uses and will include a focus on community health, as well as other uses that include a bar/restaurant, bicycle store, plant nursery, day care, and community art space. 

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Project Profile

New construction of 774 mixed-income residential units and 65,000 square feet of community and retail space

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Project Team
Rogers Marvel Architects
Landscape Architects:
Starr Whitehouse and West 8
Bluestone Organization
Project Status

Completion: On-Going

Total Project Size / Budget
5.8 acres
$306 million
Total Units
774 mixed-income units