CB2 Board Recommends Approval of City Point II, Fowler Square Designs



4 Conditions Added to City Point Design Approval

By Linda Collins

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The Phase II design of the City Point mixed-use development in Downtown Brooklyn was unanimously approved at the meeting of Community Board 2 (CB 2) on Wednesday at St. Francis College.

The vote was 33-0-0 to accept the CB 2 Land Use Committee’s recommendation for approval to the city’s Public Design Commission — with four modifications, according to Robert Perris, district manager.

As presented by Lawrence Whiteside, committee chair, the recommended modifications include the addition of a public toilet in the open spaces, benches that are graffiti-resistant and designed to discourage lying down, the inclusion of trees and planters in the streetscape design, and further study by the Department of Transportation on the feasibility of truck access to the proposed underground loading dock.

Fowler Square in Fort Greene seen with proposed changes.

As the Eagle has reported, Phase II will include two residential buildings — one a 250-unit 19-story structure that will contain the affordable units in a 50-30-20 mix of income levels; the other a 400-unit 30-story structure that will contain market-rate units.

Beneath the two residential buildings will be a four-story base containing approximately 500,000 square feet of retail. And throughout there will be green roofs and open spaces.Fowler Square in Fort Greene as it looks now.

The design of the trial Fowler Square Public Plaza in Fort Greene was also approved on Wednesday. That vote was 28-4-0, with “the president of the FAB Alliance recusing herself,” said Perris. The FAB Alliance worked with the DOT in its application to the NYC Plaza Program.

Hemalee Patel, chair of the CB 2 Transportation and Public Safety Committee, presented the committee’s recommendation for approval. The plaza will have seating, planters, better lighting, bike parking and will allow full access for special events by local groups. The DOT will report back to CB 2 in the fall.