No parking? No problem for Monadnock project in Gowanus

first_imgMonadnock’s application flew through the community board, receiving unanimous approval — an advisory opinion that carries weight with local City Council member Brad Lander, who will ultimately decide the project’s fate.But Lander is not likely to need much convincing that 270 parking spots are not needed. The project site is steps from the Smith-9th Street subway station, and Lander is a progressive familiar with the concept of induced demand.“There’s an adage that parking is a fertility drug for driving,” Gordon explained. “If you provide parking, people are going to drive, and if you don’t provide parking, they won’t.”With a massive cleanup of the notoriously noxious canal underway, the Monadnock project will include an esplanade, an amenity that greases the chains of approval in a neighborhood where development is often unwelcome. A broader rezoning, for which Lander is negotiating terms with the de Blasio administration, has stirred up vociferous opposition from some locals.The esplanade will provide public access to a mile-long walkway beside the polluted canal. Plans to dredge it were delayed for years in part because the sediment — dubbed “black mayonnaise” — was so toxic that disposing of it proved problematic. It was just left at the canal’s bottom, along with abandoned cars and probably some corpses with concrete footwear.Eventually the canal was declared a federal Superfund site, which the Bloomberg administration once predicted would scare off developers for years to come. But their interest in the gritty, low-lying area between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens has only picked up since the 2010 designation.Monadnock’s plan calls for office, light industrial and street-level retail space, along with a construction yard. The site is in an industrial business zone, or IBZ, which signals that rezoning for residential use will not be granted. The firm is participating in the state’s brownfield program.The new building, which could be ready in 2023, will serve as Monadnock’s headquarters. Some of the office space is likely to go to local groups viewed favorably by the community, further clearing the political path for the company. For good measure, Monadnock is throwing in bike parking, a green roof and canal-side plantings.The manufacturing rezoning it has requested, from M2-1 to M2-3, would eliminate the parking requirement but not increase the size of the building. The property is in a “flood hazard area,” so below-grade parking is not feasible, and according to Monadnock, an above-ground garage would preclude development of the building with a construction yard.Contact Erik Engquist Email Address* Full Name* Rendering of 300 Huntington Street (Monadnock Development, iStock)A Brooklyn firm that excels at construction, not politics, is nonetheless cruising through the fraught rezoning process to erect a new headquarters in Gowanus.The key reason: The favor it’s seeking is to exclude the 270 parking spots that the current zoning would require.Monadnock Construction this week asked the City Planning Commission to let it build a 100,000-square-foot, mixed-use development at 300 Huntington Street, beside the neighborhood’s namesake canal. A decision is pending, after which the company will need the City Council to sign off as well, but no one seems too worried about the exemption it is seeking.That’s because in progressive community districts, dropping the parking requirement is seen as a benefit.“We’ve had a lot of these debates, and usually the fears of too much traffic and not enough parking never materialize. We’ve learned from experience,” said Doug Gordon, a safe-streets advocate and public member of Community Board 6’s transportation committee. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, when the project actually goes in, all the things people were afraid of happening never happen.”Read moreMonadnock plans 21 affordable buildings in East New YorkFlushing man sues, claiming Monadnock project will block his light and airMonadnock in $500M plan to upgrade NYCHA properties Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Tags city planning commissionConstructionDevelopmentGowanusmonadnock constructionReal Estate and Politicslast_img read more

Homebuilder sentiment ticks up in April

first_img CoronavirusHousing MarketResidential Real Estate All indices were up tremendously compared to this time last year, when the pandemic was first raging and many regions went into lockdown.The NABH national index’s reading in April 2020 was 30. It jumped in July as demand from homebuyers picked up and prices surpassed $300,000 for the first time in history.While many say historically low inventory will ensure demand doesn’t dwindle, interest rates have been creeping up and prices continue to climb, eating into affordability. In February, pending home sales — typically seen as an indicator of future home sales — fell 11 percent month-over-month.Despite those challenges, the industry is feeling positive.“There are certainly some headwinds that are hitting us, namely lack of lot inventory and cost. But I think there’s still significant tailwinds,” said Chris Bley, co-president and chief investment officer at residential investment firm IHP Capital Partners. “Covid certainly kicked the homebuying frenzy into overdrive.”Contact Erin Hudson Full Name* Email Address* (iStock)April showers may bring brighter days for homebuilders.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index increased to 83, seasonally adjusted, compared to March’s reading of 82. The index tracks homebuilder confidence in current and future single-family home sales and traffic of potential homebuyers on a monthly basis.Homebuilders’ outlook on both activity from prospective buyers and single-family sales ticked up this month compared to March, but sentiment around sales in six months’ time dropped two points to a reading of 81 from 83.Robert Dietz, NAHB’s chief economist, attributed those headwinds to building costs.ADVERTISEMENT“The supply chain for residential construction is tight, particularly regarding the cost and availability of lumber, appliances and other building materials,” he said in a statement.Regional sentiment was divided. The Northeast and Midwest indices saw month-over-month declines, while the South and West regional indices saw gains.Read moreMortgage requests, refinancings continue to dropPending home sales plunged nearly 11% in FebruaryHome price growth hits 15-year high Share via Shortlink Tags Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Bottom melting of ice shelves and the mass balance of Antarctica

first_imgTHE world sea level is estimated1,2 to be rising by approximately 1 mm yr−1. Attempted explanations3,4 have considered heating of the oceans, release of juvenile water, a reduction in atmospheric humidity and melting of the polar ice sheets. Existing evidence5 does not indicate any pronounced warming of the deep ocean waters, and most of the rise in sea level probably results from wastage of glaciers.last_img

Magma supply in back-arc spreading segment E2, East Scotia Ridge

first_imgSegment E2 is situated in the back-arc East Scotia Ridge. The segment is unusual in that it has an axial topographic high underlain by a seismically imaged melt lens. The axis of the segment, which is 70 km long, was sampled at ∼2 km spacing. There is strong correlation between compositions and bathymetry, and there is no evidence that lateral flow of magmas along dykes within the segment was more than 25 km. Magmas are more evolved towards the summit, indicating that magma fractionation took place within the imaged melt lens. Na8·0 is roughly constant at ∼2·6, implying uniform degree of partial melting, except for some samples at the summit that have Na8·0 = 2·2. Compositions closest to N-MORB occur at the segment tips, and LREE/HREE ratios increase toward the summit. None of the magmas were derived from depleted sub-arc mantle. Nevertheless, most compositions in the segment were modified by slab-derived components. The low-Na8·0 samples have high Ba/Nb compared with the rest of the segment. Dredged lavas from the lateral flanks of the summit have the most extreme compositions, including ones derived from plume mantle, and are end-members for magma mixing processes that controlled compositionslast_img read more

The CCAMLR 2000 Survey: a multinational, multi-ship biological oceanography survey of the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean.(Editorial)

first_imgThe CCAMLR 2000 Survey is the first large-scale multinational, multi-ship survey in the Southern Ocean since 1979/80. Conducted using strict method protocols and within a 32-day time frame it provides a truly synoptic view of the oceanography, zooplankton, krill, and higher predator biomass and distribution for the Scotia Sea and Antarctic Peninsula region. The innovative design of interleaved transects surveyed only during the hours of daylight has provided a comprehensive and robust estimate of krill biomass.last_img read more

A statistical comparison of SuperDARN spectral width boundaries and DMSP particle precipitation boundaries in the afternoon sector ionosphere

first_imgThe open-closed magnetic field line boundary (OCB) is best measured at the foot points of the boundary in the Earth’s ionosphere where continuous and extensive spatiotemporal measurements can be made. The ability to make routine observations of this type is crucial if accurate global measurements of energy transfer processes occurring at the boundary, such as magnetic reconnection, are to become a reality. The spectral width boundary (SWB) measured by the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) has been shown to be a reliable ionospheric proxy for the OCB at certain magnetic local times (MLTs). However, the reliability of the SWB proxy in the afternoon sector ionosphere (12:00-18:00 MLT) has been questionable. In this paper we undertake a statistical comparison of the latitudinal locations of SWBs measured by SuperDARN and particle precipitation boundaries (PPBs) measured by the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft, concentrating on the PPB which best approximates the location of the OCB. The latitudes of SWBs and PPBs were identified using automated algorithms applied to 5 years (1997-2001) of data measured in the 12:00-18:00 MLT range. A latitudinal difference was measured between each PPB and the nearest SWB within a ±10 min universal time (UT) window and within a ±1 h MLT window. The results show that when the SWB is identified at higher geomagnetic latitudes (poleward of ~74), it is a good proxy for the OCB, with 76% of SWBs lying within 3 of the OCB. At lower geomagnetic latitudes (equatorward of ~74), the correlation is poor and the results suggest that most of the SWBs being identified represent ionospheric variations unassociated with the OCB, with only 32% of SWBs lying within 3 of the OCB. We propose that the low level of precipitating electron energy flux, typical of latitudes well equatorward of the OCB in the afternoon sector, may be a factor in enhancing spectral width values at these lower latitudes. A consequence of this would be low latitude SWBs unrelated to the OCB.last_img read more

Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Asteroidea database

first_imgThe present dataset is a compilation of georeferenced occurrences of asteroids (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) in the Southern Ocean. Occurrence data south of 45°S latitude were mined from various sources together with information regarding the taxonomy, the sampling source and sampling sites when available. Records from 1872 to 2016 were thoroughly checked to ensure the quality of a dataset that reaches a total of 13,840 occurrences from 4,580 unique sampling events. Information regarding the reproductive strategy (brooders vs. broadcasters) of 63 species is also made available. This dataset represents the most exhaustive occurrence database on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic asteroids.last_img read more

Sea ice – ocean feedbacks in the Antarctic shelf seas

first_imgObserved changes in Antarctic sea ice are poorly understood, in part due to the complexity of its interactions with the atmosphere and ocean. A highly simplified, coupled sea ice—ocean mixed layer model has been developed to investigate the importance of sea ice–ocean feedbacks on the evolution of sea ice and the ocean mixed layer in two contrasting regions of the Antarctic continental shelf ocean: the Amundsen Sea, which has warm shelf waters; and the Weddell Sea, which has cold and saline shelf waters. Modelling studies where we deny the feedback response to surface air temperature perturbations show the importance of feedbacks on the mixed layer and ice cover in the Weddell Sea to be smaller than the sensitivity to surface atmospheric conditions. In the Amundsen Sea the effect of surface air temperature perturbations on the sea ice are opposed by changes in the entrainment of warm deep waters into the mixed layer. The net impact depends on the relative balance between changes in sea ice growth driven by surface perturbations and basal driven melting. The changes in the entrainment of warm water in the Amundsen Sea were found to have a much larger impact on the ice volume than perturbations in the surface energy budget. This creates a net negative ice albedo feedback in the Amundsen Sea, reversing the sign of this typically positive feedback mechanism.last_img read more

Richfield wins Region 15 Girls Golf Championship and top 4 individual spots

first_img Robert Lovell Written by May 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Richfield wins Region 15 Girls Golf Championship and top 4 individual spots Tags: Girls Golf/Hayden Harris/Manti/North Sanpete/Region 15/Richfield/South Sevier FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPRICE, Utah- Region 15 Girls Golf held its final region tournament Monday on a neutral course in Price with Richfield winning both the individual tournament along with the cumulative score throughout the season that determines the region champion.Richfield finished the year with a cumulative score of 1,785 easily  outdistancing second place Emery which finished with a score of 2,213. Grand finished the year third with a score of 2,293 with Manti 4th at 2,368, South Sevier took fifth with a 2,410, San Juan placed sixth with a 2,469 and North Sanpete rounded out the scores with a 2,834.Individually for the season Hayden Harris of Richfield is the Region 15 champion. Hayden finished the year with a cumulative score of 375. The Wildcats took the top four spots with Natasha Oldroyd taking second with a score of 400, Ellie Hair placed third at 412 and Piper Harris took fourth with a 416. Grand’s Joopy Bamrungmuang rounded out the top five with a 420.Monday’s tournament results saw Richfield finish in first place with a team score of 346. Emery came in second with a 409, South Sevier placed third with a 433, followed by  Grand (440), Manti (443), San Juan (469), and North Sanpete (521).Individually Hayden Harris and Natasha Oldroyd both of Richfield tied for 1st by each shooting an 85. The Wildcats’ Ellie Hair placed third and her teammate Piper Harris along with Emery’s Lainee Jensen tied for fourth with a 90.The 3A State Tournament will be held next Monday and Tuesday, May 8-9 at the home course of Richfield and South Sevier, Cove View Golf Club in Richfield.last_img read more

Panguitch’s Taylia Norris Places 18th At Utah County XC Invitational

first_img Written by Brad James Tags: Adrian Lemus/Ashley Lagat/Cayler Cook/Colton Fullmer/Drake DeHaan/Ethan Ostler/Fidel Sanchez/Fredrick Peel/Gage Cox/Helena Miyazawa/Lincoln Withers/Lone Peak/Manti/Matt Hindes/Nathan Howell/North Sanpete/Panguitch/Purity Kattam/Sheilah Cheruiyot/Taylia Norris/Trevor Steck/Tyler Bishop/Vance Strait/Wasatch Academy/West Jordan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Saturday, various schools and athletes from the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network coverage area competed at the Utah County Cross Country Invitational, which featured many schools from larger classifications, and held their own.In the girl’s 3-mile run, Panguitch’s Taylia Norris placed a respectable 18th overall, posting a time of 19:03.00. The winner in the girl’s 3-mile run was Mountain View’s Helena Miyazawa in a time of 17:42:10.The overall team win for the girls was netted by the Lone Peak Knights with 26 points.Other Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network school girls’ athletes who placed included Wasatch Academy’s Ashley Lagat (20th) and Sheilah Cheruiyot (22nd). Their teammate, Purity Kattam (59th) also placed at the meet.For the boys, West Jordan’s Drake DeHaan was the overall winner in a time of 15:15.80, while Lone Peak won the overall title with 69 points. North Sanpete’s boys placed 12th with 366 points and Manti finished 17th with 542 points.Individually, North Sanpete’s Fredrick Peel placed 54th. His teammates, Matt Hindes (63rd), Vance Strait (81st), Gage Cox (86th), Adrian Lemus (87th) and Cayler Cook (94th) also placed.For Manti, the highest finisher was Colton Fullmer (102nd) while Ethan Ostler (111th), Fidel Sanchez (113th), Nathan Howell (114th), Trevor Steck (116th), Lincoln Withers (120th) and Tyler Bishop (122nd) also placed for the Templars. September 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Panguitch’s Taylia Norris Places 18th At Utah County XC Invitationallast_img read more