Traffic, Downtown Development, On the Waterfront and Some Really Tall Buildings from the Brooklyn Paper

From the Brooklyn Paper

The Squared Circle: Planners aim to untangle Grand Army Plaza knot
By Chris Cascarano
Park Slope: Grand Army Plaza could be transformed from an intimidating, speeder-friendly highway in the center of Brooklyn to a free-flowing, Euro-style traffic circle, under a revolutionary plan that continues to gain speed of its own. Read more.

To get Coney job done, Sitt looks to Ratner’s playbook
By Ariella Cohen
Coney Island: Coney Island developer Joe Sitt is now hawking for a “binding agreement” with local leaders to make his $1.5-billion amusement and hotel fantasyland become reality — hinting this week at a Atlantic-Yards-style solution to his ongoing problem of gaining support for his glitzy proposal. Read more.

Tish: Downtown housing should be ‘affordable’
By Dana Rubinstein
Downtown plan: An unlikely trio of Brooklyn politicians wants the city to revisit a three-year-old plan that was supposed to foment a business boom in Downtown Brooklyn, but has instead sparked a luxury apartment gold rush. Read more.

The sky’s the limit (at least in this picture)
By Dana Rubinstein
Downtown plan: Here’s a new rendering of a glitzy new mall on Fulton Street in Downtown. Read more.

Two Trees tries tower — again — on Water St.
By Harry Cheadle
DUMBO: Developer David Walentas has proposed to add another castle to his DUMBO fiefdom: a $200-million, 400-apartment, commercial and middle school project on Dock Street, between Water and Front streets — the same location where a similar Walentas proposal was defeated in 2004. Read more.

War ends over Minerva?
By Ariella Cohen
Park Slope: A tightly packed row of narrow brownstone homes could end a bitter dispute over a notorious building that was once slated to rise in the famous view corridor between the statue of Minerva in Green-Wood Cemetery and the Statue of Liberty. Read more.

3 pols in same Gowanus boat
By Ariella Cohen
Carroll Gardens: The three Councilmembers who represent communities surrounding the Gowanus Canal have united to demand several key amenities in the city’s planned redevelopment of the historically industrial area, demanding affordable housing and low-rise buildings. Read more.

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