900-unit mixed-use complex planned for MTA-owned site in Greenpoint

October 21, 2021

Image: FXcollaborative courtesy of MTA. This image is a conceptual rendering and is for illustrative purposes only.

The MTA has announced a new 840,000-square-foot redevelopment project at Monitor Point in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The project will feature 900 homes with 25 percent permanently affordable and more than 100,000 square feet of retail and commercial space at 40 Quay Street, home to the NYC Transit Mobile Wash Division site. The Gotham Organization has been selected for the project, which will also bring a waterfront walkway–and a new permanent home for The Greenpoint Monitor Museum–to the site.

A new waterfront home for the museum will be built on museum-owned land, which includes the launch site of the USS Monitor, at the Bushwick Inlet. The museum will continue to offer educational programming to commemorate the steam-powered ironclad warship that fought in the American Civil War. The publicly accessible open space will include a waterfront walkway that will connect Quay Street to the future Bushwick Inlet Park.

Brooklyn Community District 1, which includes Greenpoint and Williamsburg, has seen the largest growth of new housing units in the city between 2010 and 2020 according to a report by the Department of City Planning.

In creating the project’s affordable and senior housing, Gotham will partner with RiseBoro Community Partnership. Gotham and RiseBoro are also partnering on the recently announced development of Gotham Point in Long Island City, Queens, a project with 75 percent of units to include affordable housing, senior housing, shared amenities, a community facility, and retail space.

Gotham plans to construct an NYCT Emergency Response Unit (ERU) at the 40 Quay Street site, which will allow the ERU to move from its current location at 65 Commercial Street. The Commercial Street site will be part of the future Box Street Park.

Gotham Organization President of Development Bryan Kelly said in a statement, “Monitor Point will create permanent union building maintenance jobs, more than 1,000 construction-related jobs, and ongoing land lease payments as a direct benefit to the MTA. It will establish a permanent home for the Greenpoint Monitor Museum; produce a new mixed-income community, with a multigenerational permanently affordable housing component; and create a waterfront linkage between Greenpoint and Williamsburg.”

Dan Kaplan FAIA, Senior Partner, FXCollaborative Architects, said, “Monitor Point is a model of sustainable city-building: a well-conceived blend of vital uses housed in an imaginative design that weaves verdant open spaces and architectural form, supported by resilient and energy-efficient building infrastructure. FXCollaborative is thrilled to be part of the Gotham, The Monitor Museum and RiseBoro team.”

The NYCT Mobile Wash Division at 40 Quay Street is currently home to the organization responsible for keeping the subway system spotless. In case you’re worried: Gotham will build a new facility for the Mobile Wash Division on a separate property at 208 Varick Avenue in East Williamsburg before demolition begins at 40 Quay Street.


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