If you have not heard, developer Quadriad is pushing a plan to put 28 towers in the middle of Williamsburg. Quadriad is seeking a rezoning of the special low rise area that was created as part of last years waterfront rezoning. This is not insignificant. If the city were to reverse course on last year's zoning deal, it would render all such other deals around the city meaningless. Other community groups negotiating over the zoning in their areas should be watching this proposal closely. To bring this to light onNYTurf takes a look at that plan with new renderings and a map. You can see the map here This map is like other onNYTurf maps, though we are getting better at this. With the Atlantic Yards map there were some criticisms that the renderings were less than fair. It was our first such project and I tried not to be too negative, I always thought the project was negative enough on its own. But in anycase, to address that critism for this project I went out and photographed typical looking residential towers in Manhattan, and have used those to represent the developer's buildings. The interesting consequence I think is that the renderings this time in being even more realistic are even more scary! So get your security blanket and a glass of milk before hitting the map. There are a couple more observations about this project that I want to make here. One thing that I got for this project was a copy of Quadriad's power point proposal (which is available for download from the map page). Quadriad themselves have reported that there will be 28 towers on the site. In looking through the slides, I could not spot where two of the towers would go. Generally Quadriad places them on the corner blocks. Here is the detail of Quadriad's slide: Looks to me like two towers are missing from the center left block. That would mean the towers would have to go mid block? This is unclear so I left it out of the map. The Way of The Future Another thing that came to mind as I looked at the quality of this project's renderings, was that there is the strong potential for a real sea change in how communities dictate what kinds of development will happen in their area. My renderings this time are even impressive to myself, but they are only the tip of the iceberg of what can be done. With all the great new maps and availablity of imagery and digital cameras there is no reason community groups and concerned citizens can not be putting forward very compelling visions for the city. In fact there will be no way to take a community group seriously if they are not engaging on this level. Renderings are simply the most compelling way to sell projects. Architects and politicians have known this for a long time, and unfortunately only they and large organizations generally were the only ones who had the resources and time to put any together. But this is not the case any more. Quadriad Plan Moving Forward in Williamsburg? By: Will on: Mar 07, 2007 [06:01 PM] (336 reads) It's back! Apparently Quadriad and Brooklyn Community Board 1 have been have some discussion over this proposal: Last week, the two sides met for 90 minutes to try and decide how best to utilize a site located on North 3rd Street between Bedford and Berry avenues. It was their third meeting since mid-March, when Quadriad submitted four development scenarios for the property, any of which would have exceeded zoning regulations put in place the prior year. Listed A through D, each plan featured taller buildings and contained a greater number of square feet than the last. All of them would have required ULURP approval before construction could begin. But by the time Thursday evening's meeting on Ainslie Street rolled around, the Quadriad delegates - a group that includes former Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo - appeared to be solely interested in building "D," the most controversial complex. The site would include three apartment towers standing at 38, 36, and 20-stories tall. ...the ULURP Committee hardly seemed impressed. Co-chair Michael Kriegh and member Peter Gillespie immediately began questioning whether the development was truly feasible to the site. The former asked if Quadriad had put together a study of the impact on transportation facilities, which are already overburdened. Wollman said that he would provide such information, but requested that it be taken with a grain of salt. "We will present to you the contributions to the morning and evening rush hours," he said. "We will also present...the contributions to the Bedford Avenue bus moving north, and the Bedford Avenue bus moving south. Do we have a solution to the crowding on the subway? We do not have a solution. All we ask is that you assess the contribution of this project to that crowding." Gillespie did not ask a question so much as chastise Quadriad for what he considered "arrogance" their attempt to circumvent the zoning rules put into place less than a year before. "The city put in these zoning constraints to protect low-rise, low-density areas in the community," he said. "We had a tough, long fight over the original rezoning. The ink is hardly dry, and now here is a plan that would undermine the entire process, everything we fought for."
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