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Designers Sought for Williamsburg's Outdoor Concert Series

The Open Space Alliance seeks a designer for this year's outdoor concert venue.
The Open Space Alliance seeks a designer for this year's outdoor concert venue.
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WILLIAMSBURG—As summer inches closer, designers have a chance to build a new outdoor music venue for Williamsburg's annual concert series.

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn is now taking proposals to make the vacant lot at 50 Kent Ave., near North 10th Street, into a performance space, with a stage, lighting, screens, a VIP area and extra recreational amenities.

The organization's past concert series drew thousands of fans, first to McCarren Pool in 2008 and then to the East River State Park from 2009 through 2011, with acts including Fleet Foxes, Thievery Corporation, Delorean, Grizzly Bear and Conor Oberst.

OSA is encouraging teams of designers, architects and landscape architects to draft eco-friendly projects involving a 40-by-60 foot stage (which OSA will provide), a 1400-square-foot VIP area, four or five refreshment tents or trucks and a couple of bleacher seating stands.

Since the spot has no running water, the organization is also asking the bidder to include self-contained water features in the design and to accommodate the large crowds. The plan requires 40 porta-potties.

Submissions are due to OSA Presents, OSA's cultural programming affiliate, by Mar. 30, for the concert season, which begins June 1.

A jury including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn Museum's managing curator of exhibitions Sharon Matt Atkins and the principal of Archi-Tectonics Architects Winka Dubbledam will announce finalists by Apr. 8.

The contest's entry fee is $50, and the winning team will get $1,000, four VIP tickets to the concert season and a stipend for the project. The amount has not yet been determined.