Community Workshop Intro.: Need to Know Terms, People and Agenciesby on
We thought it would be helpful to provide some additional information regarding the waterfront rezoning on the GWAPP website over the next few days as a lead up to the GWAPP/NAG Community Workshop on Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street that will take place this Thursday night.
Here’s a helpful glossary of relevant terms, people, locations and agencies. Have any to add? Leave them in the comments!
2005 Waterfront Rezoning
On May 11, 2005, the City Council approved the DCP’s rezoning proposal for nearly 200 blocks in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Areas along the waterfront were rezoned from industrial manufacturing to high density, mixed-use residential. Read more.
77 Commercial St. Development
A future high-rise development on Commercial St. along the Newtown Creek waterfront. Developers of this site will be paying the City $8 million for the air rights to 65 Commercial St. so that they can build higher on the 77 Commercial St. site. They will also be building 200 units (source) of affordable housing at the site.
65 Commercial St.
Currently home to MTA offices and several ERUs. The air rights for this lot are being sold to 77 Commercial St. for $8 million. It’s the future site of Commercial St. Park.
In NYC, to be considered affordable housing, rent must not exceed 30% of residents’ income. What property owners can charge for rent is dependent on the “annual median income” (AMI) for the area. CUP created a website, Envisioning Development, showing 2006 AMI’s for neighborhoods across NYC.
A type of development right in real estate, referring to the empty space above a property. Wikipedia has a good example of the transfer/sale of air rights, 4th paragraph. NYC is selling the air rights of 65 Commercial St. to the developers of 77 Commercial St. for $8 million.
An as-of-right development complies with all applicable zoning regulations and does not require any discretionary action by the City Planning Commission or Board of Standards and Appeals. Most developments and enlargements in the city are as-of-right.
Box St. Park
aka Commercial St. Park. See also 65 Commercial St.
Asst. VP of Municipal Authorities at EDC.
Community Board 1
Certificate of Occupancy or TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy)
In New York City, in order for a building to obtain a certificate of occupancy, the structure must pass a series of inspections, as well as a walk-through from the Department of Buildings.
Owners of the 77 Commercial St. development.
City Planning Commission
A branch of DCP. The Commission is responsible for the conduct of planning relating to the orderly growth and development of the City, including adequate and appropriate resources for the housing, business, industry, transportation, distribution, recreation, culture, comfort, convenience, health and welfare of its population.
The New York City Council is the law-making body of the City of New York. It is comprised of 51 members from 51 different Council Districts throughout the five boroughs. See also Steve Levin.
Commercial St. Park
aka Box St. Park. $1 million is already in the budget to develop Commercial St. Park with another $8 million coming from the sale of the air rights to 77 Commercial St developers. The final budget for the park’s creation is unknown at this time. Environmental remediation will occur at the site before construction. The plan is to build the park in two phases. See also 65 Commercial St.
Center for Urban Pedgagogy
Chair of CB1’s Land Use, ULURP, & Landmarks (Subcommittee)
Department of City Planning
Plays a role in the ULURP process and provides support to the CPC.
Department of Buildings
A provision that directs approved funds to be spent on specific projects.
Attorney for the 77 Commercial Street development
EDC or NYCEDC
Economic Development Corporation
A non-profit local development corporation that promotes economic growth across New York City’s five boroughs. They provide expert business, economic and policy advice to the City, not-for-profit and for-profit private sector, and manage City properties and assets.
An arrangement made under contractual provisions between transacting parties, whereby an independent trusted third party receives and disburses money for the transacting parties. Disbursement of funds by the third party depends on the fulfillment of contractually-agreed conditions by the transacting parties.
Emergency Response Units: 14 SVUs, 4 mobile command centers. The MTA’s ERUs need to be relocated before the 65 Commercial St. lot can become a park. See also 65 Commercial St.
Chairman and CEO of Park Tower Group, owners of the Greenpoint Landing development.
A 22-acre, 10-tower luxury development that includes waterfront esplanades and a school. They will also be building 1,431 affordable housing units out of about 5,500 apartments. (source) They are giving $2.5 million to the NBP Expansion.
Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks & Planning
Local, non-profit advocacy organization for parks and open spaces
Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Land use attorney for the 77 Commercial Street development
Low-Income Affordable Marketplace Program
16 Dupont Street
219 West Street
Market-rate means rental costs are based on current market prices. There are no income limits or special requirements. The term includes apartments which have never been regulated and apartments which have undergone deregulation.
Current Brooklyn Borough President
Metropolitan Transit Authority, see also 65 Commercial St
Neighbors Allied for Good Growth
Local organization that advocates on public policies to promote a healthy mixed-use community
Newtown Barge Playground
Located in North Greenpoint at the ends of Commercial and Dupont Streets
The expansion to NBP is being funded by the city ($4.5 million) and the developers of Greenpoint Landing ($2.5 million). The design phase for this expansion has begun.
Vice-President of Kasirer Consulting
Representative for the Greenpoint Landing development
Park Tower Group
Owners of the future Greenpoint Landing development
Often refers to NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Points of Agreement. See also 2005 Waterfront Rezoning. Read more.
Legislative Director to Councilman Steve Levin
Councilman for District 33, which covers North Greenpoint. He negotiates on behalf of the community during ULURP.
City Planner at DCP
Transfer of Development Rights
Allows for the transfer of unused development rights from one zoning lot to another in limited circumstances, usually to promote the preservation of historic buildings, open space or unique cultural resources. See also Air Rights.
Uniform Land Use Review Procedure
ULURP is a standardized procedure where applications affecting the land use of the city would be publicly reviewed in a mandated time frame.
Have any to add? Leave them in the comments!