June 11th, 2009
As you know, the decision by City Council to approve the rezoning of the Dock Street Dumbo development project filed by Two Trees Management concludes this process, but for Two Trees Management, there’s a lot of work to be done. Now that this two year process has concluded, the process for the demolition, design and build out of the apartments, school, and retail will begin.
The New York Times posted an article that since the rezoning has been approved, St. Ann’s Warehouse will need a new home now that its 14,000 square foot space in Dumbo is scheduled to be turned into the Dock St Dumbo development. St. Ann’s produces great programming and work, so it’s unfortunate that they will have to move out, but artistic director Susan Feldman said that the developers are committed to helping St. Ann’s find a new space. St. Ann’s has always known that the space was temporary, so this was expected. According to the NY Times article, “it moved to the current warehouse space (a former spice milling factory) in 2001, and was initially supposed to stay there for only nine months.”
After yesterday’s, City Council decision, we wanted to know what the next steps are, so we asked Jed Walentas:
Q) Now that the rezoning has been approved for Dock Street, what are your next steps?
A) There is a fairly lengthy design process we need to go through that we will start over the next few months. That will take at least a year. We also have to formalize a contract with the SCA. There is a requirement for there to be a public school.
Q) How long until the proposed development begins work on the site and when do you anticipate the completion of the building?
A) In the best case scenario, work will begin there in a year. That is somewhat credit and economy dependent. It will probably take 2 years to build – start to finish. [Ed note: The start the construction process will be around mid-year 2010 and complete work in 2012 based on these ideal timelines.]
Q) Is there anything you’d like to convey to the people opposed to the Dock Street Dumbo plans?
A) I hope we build a building that everyone is proud of and makes use of becomes an important and cherished part of the community. I hope everyone can work together to create the best public middle school in the city.