Public library, upscale housing, retail and arts will fill Two Trees' 'BAM South'

Two Trees Management Co. has released a rendering and details for its BAM South mixed-use development.

The proposed 32-story tower-plus-cultural-space- plus-public-plaza, which is one of the key remaining pieces in the BAM Cultural District, was officially certified by the city’s Department of City Planning to begin the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) last week.

Two Trees’ project — which will also include space for BAM (17,400 square feet), the Brooklyn Public Library (16,500 square feet) and 651 ARTS (12,500 square feet) — will sit on a 47,000-square-foot lot bounded by Flatbush Avenue, Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place. Currently used for public parking, the lot is owned and operated by the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

The tower, designed by internationally-known architect Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos, will have 300-400 residential units (20 percent of which will be affordable), plus 23,000 square feet of ground floor retail in addition to the cultural and library space and the 16,000-square-foot public plaza designed to allow a variety of outdoor programming.

Said Jed Walentas, a principal of Two Trees, “By partnering with the city and some of Brooklyn’s most innovative cultural institutions, we’ll be able to provide permanent community amenities and an iconic new public plaza that helps to connect Downtown Brooklyn to the new arena.”