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Plans Revealed for Final Cultural District Site

The last undeveloped site in the Cultural District now has a plan in place. Earlier this month, Mayor Bloomberg, along with representatives from the NYC Departments of Housing Preservation and Development and Cultural Affairs, announced the selection of a team comprised of Jonathan Rose Companies, Dattner Architects, Bernheimer Architecture, and SCAPE Landscape to develop the BAM North Site II project.

Located on Lafayette Street between Rockwell Place and Ashland Place, the mixed-use development will create new housing (42 of the 109 units will be affordable) along with ground-floor commercial space for a Craft-branded restaurant and 27,000 square feet dedicated to a cultural center and exhibition space for Eyebeam Art +Technology Center and Science Gallery International.

“Downtown Brooklyn is home to some of our city’s most exciting and innovative cultural institutions, and that’s causing more and more people to want to live and work in the neighborhood,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a press release. “This new development will bring affordable housing, more cultural space and new dining options to what is now a vacant space, bringing even more life and energy to the neighborhood.”

Located on the same plaza as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mark Morris Dance Center, and the recently opened Polonsky Shakespeare Center, the new project will provide an extension of the already flourishing Brooklyn art scene. Developers expect to begin construction in 2015.

Image: Dattner Architects/Bernheimer Architecture