GOWANUS — A new light industrial building set to rise on Carroll Street will provide eight floors of space for "boutique manufacturing," the development's architect told DNAinfo New York.
Brothers David and Peter Sweeny filed plans with the Department of Buildings on Sept. 30 for the new building, which will replace a parking lot surrounded by their L-shaped building at 505 Carroll St./540 President St.
The new building will hold about 32,000 square feet of light industrial manufacturing space, said Peter Sweeny, who is also the architect designing the project. When completed, the new building and the existing building together will house 96,000 square feet of light manufacturing space, Peter Sweeny said.
Construction is expected to start in late 2018. Tenants haven't been selected yet, but Peter Sweeny said the building will most likely be used by small-scale makers similar to the tenants at 505 Carroll/540 President, which include the Textile Arts Center, artists' studios and co-working spaces.
The new structure, at 497 Carroll, will have a similar feel to the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, which David Sweeny founded in the 1990s, Peter Sweeny said.
Thought DOB filings show retail spaces on the first floor, that's no longer the plan — the building will be all light industrial space, Peter Sweeny said. There will be indoor and outdoor parking for 37 cars, plus two loading berths for trucks, according to DOB records.
The plans come as the city is poised to study the possibility of rezoning mostly industrial Gowanus to allow for taller residential development. The city's Planning Department is expected to launch the process this fall.