The entire block bordered by Nevins, Carroll, Union Streets and the Gowanus Canal has been completely vacated by longtime tenant Verizon. You might not recognize this lot from many of the nondescript warehouse blocks in Gowanus but for the dozens (hundreds?) of Verizon trucks that used to be parked inside. Here’s a picture from Google Maps Street View, dated June 2011, Verizon trucks in full force:
Today, the lot is completely empty. Here’s a photo we took from the Union Street Bridge:
The building had been a hub for Verizon field technicians since 1977. One has to wonder, with all the development both planned and already underway in Gowanus, did some anxious speculator snap up this entire lot for future development?
After some quick Googling, we’ve determined that the answer is yes, of course: TheRealDeal.com reports that Property Markets Group, “a developer known for luxury residential buildings,” snatched the entire property for $14 million this past December.
Those of us nauseated by the 700 unit residential development going up on the opposite side of the canal can breathe easy (the canal’s fumes notwithstanding) for now: PMG’s Richard Lam says there are no current plans for developing the lot. Indeed, it appears that the company is just looking for a tenant to rent the space for now while plans are made to develop the property, according to sign on the corner of Nevins and Union Streets:
The Verizon vehicles previously housed in this lot have relocated to another facility on Third Street and Third Avenue. We’re sure that lot will become luxury condos too faster than you can say “FiOS.”