The Red Hook Homes (formerly Red Hook Co-ops?) has opened its doors to 35 families, with an innovative model of affordable housing that will allow for 20 market rate units to be sold in the coming months.
A project of the Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), it is the largest affordable homeownership opportunity in the history of Red Hook, according to Michelle de la Uz, the FAC’s executive director, who noted that it is also the single largest housing development project that the FAC has completed in its 32-year history.
Check out the details at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
A lot going on this week in the neighborhood. Here’s a mini-round-up of Red Hook news from the web:
A couple days ago The Brooklyn Paper ran an interesting piece about proposed student housing at the old Revere Sugar Factory site. Developer Joe Sitt did a quick 180, though, and suggested that what he was really interested in was retail space.
And picking up an old thread (one that, perhaps, never goes away or moves forward), The Brooklyn Eagle today has a piece about the possibility of revived interest in a Brooklyn trolley system given new government evaluation processes:
Could a shift in policy by the Obama administration on trolleys and streetcars benefit efforts to establish streetcars in Brooklyn, and in the city in general?
The answer? A resounding maybe. Check out the article for details.
The Brooklyn Eagle just ran a piece about developer Joe Sitt- his recently-struck deal with the city regarding Coney Island, and the general success he’s enjoyed as a developer in Brooklyn without actually developing much of anything. Check out the article for details- what caught my eye was a blurb at the end that focused on his ownership of the old Revere Sugar Factory site, predicting the importance of this one man for the future of the entire neighborhood.
This site is across an inlet from Greg O’Connell’s showplace Beard Street warehouse. It is also between two retail giants — Fairway and IKEA. So what is he going to do there, and when?
photo: Gowanus Lounge
That’s the big question. Eagle writer Dennis Holt plays out a few possibilities, but of course it could be years before we get any real answers. What should be done with the site? What will be? Let us know in the comments.
If you go down Van Brunt Street at all you’ve probably noticed the Grand Re-Opening of the pharmacy up by Wolcott. “Nate’s Pharmacy and Surgical Supplies” (who knew that’s what it was called?) was looking for a way to improve the atmosphere by removing the long-standing bulletproof glass that separated customers and employees.
“It’s hard to talk to someone through glass, let alone bulletproof glass,” said Glezerman, a pharmacist originally from Bergen Beach. “The neighborhood needed that face to face interaction,” he added. “We wanted to service customers in a way that didn’t feel like a prison.”
Mr. Glezerman reached out to the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (the onetime home of DTE Board member Phaedra Thomas), and the SBIDC was able to help fund the store’s renovations through a grant from the state’s “Main Street Program.” Woo woo! Read the article on yournabe.com (courtesy of Courier Life Publications) for more details or check out the pharmacy website.
Useful update from the New York Observer about the continued controversey surrounding the EDC’s plans for the Red Hook piers.
At issue is the city Economic Development Corporation’s plan to lease the majority of Pier 11 to the beer distributor Phoenix Beverage, which is also leasing Piers 7 through 10 in a separate deal. That deal allows Phoenix to relocate from its current home in Long Island City.
But residents like Mr. Armstrong had hoped the city would endorse an alternative plan floated by Tom Fox, president of New York Water Taxi. Mr. Fox’s plan calls for a $100 million dollar Brooklyn Maritime Center, complete with full-service shipyard, marina, docks and a restaurant to be built at Piers 11 and 12, which together form a protected pool known as the Atlantic Basin.
The Brooklyn Paper has a midday update about Councilman Bill DeBlassio’s stance on the development project looking more and more like it’s on its way to the Gowanus Canal. Says the pape:
DeBlasio’s support is crucial as the plan enters its final public review before the City Council, which was set to hold a hearing today. Councilmembers tend to defer to the local lawmaker on land-use issues.