Re: NY Williamsburg Waterfront, Tom O’Gara

April 22, 2008

Tom O’Gara, Principal, JMH Development

The richly historic, once-thriving industrial zone of the Williamsburg waterfront is witnessing a rapid transformation as a burgeoning residential neighborhood. New condominium developments, large and small, such as The Edge, Northside Piers and Palmer’s Dock, and Schaefer Landing, along with adaptive reuse of landmark structures such as the Austin Nichols warehouse, offer an impressive range of goals of sustainable urbanism: brownfield reclamation, public parks and waterfront access, a percentage of affordable housing, and LEED-certified design and construction.

The presentations and panel will feature the developers of the major residential projects
and public officials who conceived and crafted the rezoning effort in a discussion of what is
going right and where there is room for improvement.