Downtown Brooklyn‘s Cultural District is starting to really take shape. Earlier last week, city officials including Mayor Bloomberg announced the development team for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) North Site II, the last undeveloped property in the district. Jonathan Rose Companies will be the developer, while Dattner Architects, Bernheimer Architecture and SCAPE Landscape Architects are all working on the design. Plans detail that the site – located on Lafayette Street between Rockwell Place and Ashland Place – will be developed into 109 new apartments. There will also be a new 27,000-square-feet cultural space designed by the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Science Gallery International.
Out of the 109 apartments, 42 will be reserved as affordable units for families earning a median income of $48,100 to $78,260. There are also plans to introduce a 2,700-square-foot Craft-branded restaurant on the ground floor. Currently the site is simply a parking garage. The developers hope this new Brooklyn Academy of Music project will fit in perfectly with the already existing Mark Morris Dance Company building and BAM Opera House.
The BAM North Site II project is just part of Bloomberg’s larger New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP). By the end of the 2014 fiscal year, the multi-billion dollar initiative plans to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers. So far, the project has already created 37,295 units in Brooklyn and the architects estimate that construction of the BAM II North site should begin by mid-2015.
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