The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP)

Prior to 1976, the City Planning Commission reviewed only applications related to zoning, the city map and urban renewal and housing. In 1976, the list of applications subject to Commission review was enlarged and now includes, pursuant to the City Charter enacted in 1989, those itemsdescribed below. The Charter’s intent in requiring ULURP was to establish a standardized procedure whereby applications affecting the land use of the city would be publicly reviewed. The Charter also established mandated time frames within which application review must take place. Key participants in the ULURP process are now the Department of City Planning (DCP) and the City Planning Commission (CPC), Community Boards, the Borough Presidents, the Borough Boards, the City Council and the Mayor.

Agenda: Uniform Land Use Review Procedure public hearing regarding proposed, supersized developments

Date & Time: Wednesday 10/09/2013, 10:00am

Place: Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, subway 4, 5, 6, N, R, A, C, 1, 2, 3

Participate: Arrive early, sign up to speak for 3 mins. If you are unable to speak, please submit a written statement (Department of City Planning website form) & email,

Email Concerns: aburden@planning.nyc.gov

Cc Concerns: savegreenpoint@gmail.com

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! It’s not too late! Please sign our petition & join our mailing list for updates, at savegreenpoint.org

New Looks at Huge Williamsburg Office Complex Designed By Gensler

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[All renders by Steel Blue.]

New renderings have emerged for the massive mixed-use development set to rise at 25 Kent Avenue —the first ground-up, largely office building to be built in Williamsburg in over a decade, according to the developers. The project is currently in the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) to request special permits for the construction of the new building. The co-developers, Heritage Equity Partners and Rubenstein Partners, are set to present their plans to the local community board for input as part of that procedure.

25 Kent Avenue is located within North Brooklyn’s Industrial Business Zone, and as the zoning stands right now, the developers could construct their building as of right but would have to have almost half of it be a school, non-profit, religious or medical facility. The developers are trying to change that and instead create a property that will include retail, light manufacturing, and commercial spaces.

“I am the third generation of my family to have a connection to this area, and I am very proud that we have brought this project to the point where it is ready to be heard by my colleagues on Community Board 1,”Toby Moskovits, the CEO of Heritage Equity Partners said in a press release. “New York City’s production economy entrepreneurs and creative class want to grow their companies in Brooklyn, where their workforce lives and where the entrepreneurial spirit has thrived since the turn of the century. Our project will make a home for these job-creating industries in Williamsburg, the creative center of Brooklyn, diversifying and thus strengthening the local and regional economies.”

In essence the developers want to create a space for start-ups between five and 25 employees —businesses that need to expand but often have to move to Manhattan or different parts of the borough due to lack of space. Jeremiah Kane, the NYC regional director of Rubenstein Partners used Blue Apron as an example of a business that was founded in Bushwick, but then had to move to Manhattan when it expanded.

This new project looks to prevent similar moves. Of the eight stories of the building, the basement will have space for parking and storage facilities. The ground floor is exclusively for retail. The second and third floor are divided between light manufacturing and commercial. And everything fourth floor upward is commercial space.

The developers have tapped Gensler to design the office space, in collaboration with HWKN. MPFP has been selected to do the landscaping, which includes a few public plazas on the ground floor. Joseph Brancato, a Regional Managing Principal at Gensler and the lead architect on the project, said the architects had chosen to focus on the industrial past of the neighborhood by using brick, but by also adding contemporary touches like a curtain wall made with glass.

If the ULURP is successful, construction on the site is expected to begin by the end of the year, and occupancy is expected by the end of next year. The developers declined to comment on the total estimated cost of the project, and also declined to divulge details on prospective tenants, though they said they have a few they are speaking with right now.

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· All the 25 Kent Avenue Coverage [Curbed]

from Curbed NY http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2016/02/09/new_looks_at_huge_williamsburg_office_complex_designed_by_gensler.php
Public Hearing Video Archive

12/05/2013, NYC Council Public Hearing on Greenpoint Landing, Public Testimony begins at 2:29:18:

12/05/2013, NYC Council Public Hearing on 77 Commercial Street, Public Testimony begins at 4:54:32:

10/09/2013, City Planning Public Hearing on Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street, Public Testimony begins at 34:59:

09/17/2013, Borough President Public Hearing on Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street (Bearak was present, not Markowitz), by Heather of NY Shitty blog (summary here, GPL & 77 or copy & paste the below links)

08/20/2013 Community Board Public Hearing on 77 Commercial Street, no video footage of this one (?).

08/13/2013 Community Board Public Hearing on Greenpoint Landing, GWAPP made an edited video:

It’s time to revisit the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Rezoning EIS CHAPTER 27: RESPONSE TO COMMENTS, to better assess what is needed. Several years have passed since its publication & the real estate sector has steamrolled most of the concerns which need amplifying.

Many important voices were expressed during these two hearings and essentially disregarded by the city. Neighbors spoke up, skeptical of the candy coated alternative to past more overtly destructive proposals for the waterfront. Professional organizations participated as well, Riverkeeper, the Municipal Arts Society, sadly without much impact.

Do take note, the 2003 comments include those of Greenpoint Landing’s lawyer team (p48, p58, 4 on p59, p60, p100, p112). They did not feel the need to submit comments in 2005, because at that point we were probably already in their pocket. 

Another voice of ‘03 to question in Chapter 27, is the Northside Waterfront Improvement Group. Connelly McLaughlin formed the Northside Waterfront Improvement Group, “because they participate in highly regulated industries that require watchful legislative oversight and are highly vulnerable to the winds of public opinion”.