For a piece of land that's at the intersection of three red-hot real estate markets (Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy and Bushwick), it's amazing that the Broadway Triangle hasn't already had something like Bushwick II dropped on top of it. Amazing, until you recall the years of lawsuits and discrimination charges that have stopped any development on most of the land. Now however, a developer is stepping in with a new plan to bring over one thousand residential units, a park and retail space to two lots near the Pfizer Building.
The Rabsky Group (which owns half of Bushwick's Rheingold Brewery development) filed plans with the city to put up seven residential towers on a lot bordered by Harrison Avenue, Gerry Street, Union Avenue and Wallabout Street, according to documents spotted by New York YIMBY.
The buildings would contain 1,147 apartments, with 344 set aside as affordable housing under the city's Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program, and 64,800 square feet of retail. The development would also come with 26,000 square feet of public open space. The development would require a rezoning by the City Council, specifically a sign-off from Councilman Steven Levin, who represents the district. The proposed rezoning is another test of the city's new MIH requirements, and comes shortly after a proposed rezoning for an Inwood high-rise that would come with affordable housing was defeated.
There's already opposition lining up against this potential rezoning, with Councilman Antonio Reynoso vowing his opposition to the project, although DNAinfo points out that it sits outside of his district.
— Antonio Reynoso (@CMReynoso34) August 23, 2016
A spokesperson at Councilman Levin's office said he would get back to Gothamist with a comment on the matter. If you have any thoughts on the rezoning, feel free to share them at the first public meeting on the project, which will take place on September 21 at 6 p.m. at Intermediate School 318 (101 Walton Street).