Last night I met with several of the Plaxall family members where they shared their just released plans to develop Anable Basin. These plans entail a major rezoning of the area, whose central theme is “bringing LIC to Anable Basin” by opening up the shoreline surrounding it to the public and making it easily accessible via newly created pedestrian lanes that would slice through their current plots. The initial blueprint would be a mix of residential, retail, and a doubling of their current industrial space, in the hope of making the area one that’s 24/7 instead of the stark division currently in LIC where an area is utilized by business during the day or inhabitants at night, but not both. Also a new school would be built away from the site on a nearby Plaxall holding on 11th Street.
To help put it all together the family recently hired Jonathan Drescher, previously the Director of Major Projects for the Durst Organization, who expects the zoning process to take most of 2018 with the hope that the initial phase begins in 2019. As one would expect with his arrival, the plan also contains the considerable upsizing of the amount of buildable square footage that would be allowed, leading to the possibility of a 70-story waterfront tower and 5,000 new residential units. It would also incorporate many of the development buzzwords coursing through City Hall these days: Continue reading