Architects John Hatheway and Chris McVoy suggest the construction of lower buildings while keeping the residential square footage unchanged.
Their idea respects, to a far greater degree, the context and integrity of the Gowanus Canal area, and surrounding Carroll Gardens. Their presentation clearly demonstrates, with several red, dotted lines, how massive and oppressive a twelve story high structure would appear in our low rise neighborhoods.
Both Carroll Gardens and the Gowanus are made up of two, three, and four family houses giving it both its low- rise and historical character. Furthermore Toll Bros is requesting a spot re-zoning ahead of the coming re-zoning planned for the Gowanus and CG and is thus PREMATURE.
We should all support this idea and require the city official and CB6 to reject the Toll Bros offending rezoning request.
(*Press the little, white, triangular button in the middle of of the image to begin the presentation. Click a second time to enlarge the image).
Also See Curbed.com: "War of the Renderings: Toll Bros. & Carroll Gardens Fight It Out
At Curbed.com Thursday, October 9, 2008, by Robert