Development—Brooklyn, New York

Gowanus Green

Gowanus Green will be a sustainable mixed-use community along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn that will feature approximately 950 new 100 percent affordable residential units, neighborhood serving retail and community space, and an 80,000-square-foot future potential school across from a new public park. Co-developed by Jonathan Rose Companies, The Hudson Companies, The Bluestone Organization, and Fifth Avenue Committee, Gowanus Green will transform the site of a former Manufactured Gas Plant into a resilient and environmentally healthy community that reconnects the surrounding neighborhood to the Gowanus Canal.

Gowanus Green will comprise six residential buildings with approximately 950 units of 100 percent affordable housing serving a wide range of incomes and needs which advance New York City’s Where We Live affirmatively furthering fair housing goals, including housing dedicated to formerly homeless, senior and extremely low-income New Yorkers. The project will also include buildings dedicated for senior housing, supportive housing, and affordable homeownership.

The project will also feature retail space along Smith Street, and neighborhood serving uses and community spaces, such as early childcare, healthcare, senior programming, and a range of space for artists and makers that reflect the Gowanus Mix.

Following the full remediation of the site, tThe project will feature a network of unique open spaces that connect people to the proposed esplanade and a 1.5-acre public park with a playground, passive and active areas, and a shore public walkway along Gowanus Canal, after the site has been fully remediated, as well asincluding a pedestrian-oriented Shared Street, active and meditative Rain Gardens, and a shaded Canal Plaza with public art and flexible seating that provides views of the Gowanus Canalother community gathering areas. Gowanus Green is committed to being a sustainable, resilient and environmentally healthy community that improves site resilience, generates renewable energy, and implements innovative stormwater management strategies that reduce combined sewer overflows into Gowanus Canal.

The Gowanus Green development team was awarded the project site in 2008 through a competitive RFP issued by the City of New York, and is part of the Gowanus Neighborhood Rezoning that will be completed in 2020.

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Project Profile

New construction of 950 residential units of 100 percent affordable housing, neighborhood serving retail and community space, and a future public school.

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Project Team
Marvel Architects
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Project Status

Completion: On-Going

Total Project Size / Budget
4 acres
990,000 gross sf
Total Units
950 residential units