FAC’s Red Hook Homes Near Completion

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We’ve known for a while that the Fifth Avenue Committee was working on a large affordable housing project on Wolcott Street, but until recently we were unaware that the nonprofit was also constructing another building (smaller, but with basically the same design) a few blocks away, on Coffey Street. Work on both buildings, which will have 60 mixed-income co-ops between them, is nearly complete. About a third of the total units are in the building at 135 Coffey Street, and prospective owners for those co-ops are likely to be selected soon, before residents for the Wolcott Street building, according to an FAC spokesperson. FAC says the Red Hook homes will be the largest affordable homeownership project in Red Hook history, and most of the units will be sold to people who make less than 80 percent of the area’s median income.
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  • I didn’t know these buildings were being built by the Fifth Ave Committee as affordable. All I know is that whenever I drive by I think that these are some of the most beautiful modern residential construction in Brooklyn that I’ve seen.

  • How can one apply for one of these apartments?

  • I pass by the Wolcott Street buildings frequently on the way to BWAC’s art shows.They’re quite attractive and give the lie to the assertion that for-profit housing must be ugly to remain affordable. If commercial developers took a cue from the non-profits they might face less opposition (AND distinguish their offerings from the fugly competition, which would seem to be a good business practice).

  • Wonderful! Affordable co-ops, and they aren’t “hard on the eye”!

  • Give me a break – Beige Brick, individual a/c vents and colored glass- if this was built by any for profit developer everyone here would be screaming how ugly these buildings are.

  • they are ugly but I forgive them if they are affordable. It isn’t like the surrounding areas of red hook are any prettier anyway (a few enclaves excepted).

  • Excellent point, 10:26. If Ratner or Walentas had been responsible for these buildings, there’d be 40+ comments about how hideous, out-of-conext, etc. they are. Usually the affordable component does not stop such whining, as evidenced by the past comments re: the Habitat for Humanity homes in BS.

  • The photograph of these buildings is not very good. Up close they have extremely welldone deco-like elements–go look at them before calling them ugly–you’ll be surprised.

  • BTW, my wife and I have admired these buildings every time we passed them without knowing that they were done by a non-profit. I was very surprised to learn that today, We THOUGHT that a commercial builder had got it right.

  • See, it can be done. Very glad to hear they are affordable, and attractive. If only they could manage to do both throughout many parts of Bed Stuy, Bushwick, etc.

  • Add me to the list that has often admired these buildings. I pass by the one across from the school often, and have been meaning to find out more about it. What a surprise that it is affordable housing! I agree it’s one of the best designed (at least exteriorly) apartment buildings I’ve seen in Bklyn recently.

  • These buildings look exactly like low rise versions of The Crest on 4th Ave

  • well considering prices at the crest are a half million to a million dollars, i’d say these are a tremendous success, given that they are affordable housing…

  • does anyone know where I can take a look at the floor plans for the various units?

  • How Many People Do You Think Apply For It?
    There Is A Couple Of Days Left Until They Start Picking People. I want to know how the inside look.

  • They are ugly, i hate the child guards on ever single window, it makes it look like the projects.
    i do not have children in my apartment, so therefore do not need or want child guards.