Good news is coming for Brownsville in Brooklyn, which is set to add about 900 affordable homes over three separate sites, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced on Thursday. All three projects will make use of city-owned land and will be open to New Yorkers with a range of incomes. Each of these developments will also address critical needs in the neighborhood like economic development, arts and culture, and health, according to Curbed NY.
The first of the three developments is called the Brownsville Arts Center and Apartments. This project will be located on Rockaway Avenue and Chester Street, between East New York Avenue and Pitkin Avenue, and will bring 230 apartments to the neighborhood. Those apartments will focus on trying to house extremely low-income and formerly homeless New Yorkers. The planners are also thinking outside the box and with a more modern sense of direction. The building will contain arts and culture components like a black box theater, a music school, a performing arts school, and a media lab. The project will be developed by Blue Sea Development Company, Gilbane Development Company and Artspace Projects, Curbed NY reports.
At the intersection of Christopher Avenue and Glenmore Avenue, the Glenmore Manor Apartments will add 230 affordable units to the neighborhood and will make sure to set aside homes for low-income seniors. Economic development will be at the center of this project, which will feature the the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union and an outpost of the Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, which is meant to be a place that can provide young entrepreneurs and small businesses opportunities and promotion. A sit-down restaurant is also part of this project that’s being developed by African American Planning Commission, Inc., Brisa Builders, and Lemle & Wolff, according to Curbed NY.
The largest of the three developments, Livonia 4, will bring 420 apartments to multiple sites along Livonia Avenue between Powell Street and Mother Gaston Boulevard. This development also takes an innovative approach to its design and will try to fill out a sleek city feel with some hipness added in. The area will have a supermarket, a cafe, a rooftop greenhouse, community gardens, a new senior center, and a family recreation center. The project is being developed by Radson Development, Community Solutions and Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation, according to Curbed NY.
A larger neighborhood revitalization effort called the Brownsville Plan comprises the three projects. The Brownsville Plan calls for planners to add 2,500 affordable homes throughout the neighborhood. This often overlooked and impoverished neighborhood needs more than just good housing though, which is why the plan calls for $1 billion of health and safety, education, arts, and retail investments. Construction on these three new developments is expected to get underway within the next three years, according to the Wall Street Journal.
By: Susan DePalma