The BAM Cultural District bound by Flatbush Avenue, Fulton Street, South Oxford, and Hanson Place, is home to one of the most vibrant art scenes in all of the city. With over 40 Brooklyn-based art groups, varying from dance to music, visual arts and more, this district is a quintessential chunk of the art and culture community in New York.
The BAM Cultural District has seen rapid development over the past decade, with several developments that have reached skyward. The 80 Arts-James E.Davis Arts Building, completed in Summer of 2004, was one of the first completed projects, of phase one. The next phase saw several more art venues like the BAM Fisher, Theatre for a New Audience, BRIC House, and UrbanGlass.
In its current phase, the area has seen several developments including residential and commercial buildings, public spaces, and a cohesive streetscape. Among the residential developments is the 25-story Borough Gardens, Rockwell Place, Two Trees Management 32-story apartment tower, whose construction is in progress, and several hundred units of affordable housing; and on the commercial side of the things is the 200-room hotel that is planned at 95 Rockwell Place.
The newest addition to finish off the barrelling development of BAM Cultural District is the BAM North Site II, the last piece of undeveloped property within the district. Located on Lafayette Street between Rockwell and Ashland Places, the creative team will include developer Jonathan Rose Companies, Dattner Architects, Bernheimer Architecture, and SCAPE Landscape Architects. Sharing the 27,000-square-feet space in the new development, will be cultural groups Eyebeam Art+Technology Center and Science Gallery International.
The architects have released the latest building renderings show the buildings with boxy windows, with a lot of area for green space, and a glass storefront as well. The building will offer 109 units, of which 42 will be affordable to families earning between 80 and 130 percent of the area ‘Area Median Income’ ($48,000 to $78,260 for an individual). The building will also house a 2,700-square-foot Craft brand restaurant, and construction is set to begin in mid-2015.
With this, DoBro’s (Downtown Brooklyn) Cultural District development wraps up with a BAM!