Gowanus Green, is planned to become a 5.8 acre neighborhood of sustainable mixed-income housing, parks, community facilities, and retail that will reclaim a brownfield site along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. Co-developed by The Bluestone Organization, Jonathan Rose Companies, Hudson Companies, and Fifth Avenue Committee, the winning response to an RFP issued by the City of New York for a 5.8 acre site in Carroll Gardens, will transform the current vacant site into a vibrant mixed use community marked by outstanding design, significant public open space, and a 1.6 acre new city park featuring an undulating lawn, a waterfront esplanade, an outdoor amphitheater, and a series of native woodland and meadow gardens.
These new residential buildings will provide more than 774 units of housing. Housing will take the form of condos, coops, and rental units geared towards a wide range of income mixes from low to market rate. Ground floor retail including gallery, restaurant and community service oriented spaces will help revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.
The master plan dedicates over 60% of the project site to public open space and integrates the landscape design with comprehensive advanced storm-water management. The transformation of urban runoff through a living watercourse provides a narrative of urban reclamation. Water moves from green roofs and upland areas through the Rain Garden, an intensively programmed space with play areas and gardens, along the Swale Trail, a richly planted rill, arriving at Canal Park in a wet meadow Meditation Garden, the last stop before joining the Gowanus Canal. These landscapes are framed by the residential buildings with a ground floor gallery, restaurant and community center opening onto expansive terraces with flowering trees and ample seating. The dynamic relationship of the ground floor uses and the park land contribute to an engaging, active public space.
Gowanus Green will incorporate sustainable development principles throughout the entire project and help to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood.