Affordable Housing Proposed for Long-Empty Lot at Decatur and Broadway in Ocean Hill


It seems the Ocean Hill development on the corner of Broadway and Decatur we wrote about Monday is actually part of a much bigger project taking place along Broadway on both sides of Decatur. Two six-story buildings will contain 134 units of supportive and low-income housing as well as retail space. The building at 1696-1712 Broadway will go into a city-owned site that has been an empty lot for decades, pictured above. The one at 1674-1684 Broadway, as previously reported, will go up where Henry Distributors has been selling hardware and building materials since 1970.

As it turns out, owner Stan Henry is actually a partner in the development, along with Alembic Community Development. Among other things, he will help out the project with his extensive local contacts in the building trades. We hope that’s good news for his many long-time employees who live in the area. Perhaps Henry Distributors plans to resume operations in the building’s retail space after construction has finished.

The project will cost $53,000,000 and the architect is Peter Woll. The development will be called The Henry Apartments, presumably after Stan Henry.

The office of the Brooklyn Borough President held a public hearing on the project on April 8. An email to the office was not returned, so we don’t know the outcome. On Tuesday, a subcommittee of the City Council voted to approve it. A construction permit has already been filed for the building at 1674-1684 Broadway.

You can read all about the details of the plan here. Thanks to a Brownstoner commenter for alerting us to the notice.

After years of virtually no private development in this area, now almost every vacant lot in the vicinity has a building going up on it. We live on this block and are pleased with the plans since it will help residents — and the building design is likely to be better than a market rate condo development. We just hope they make an effort to soundproof the building, since it will be right up against the very loud elevated train tracks.

What do you think of it?

Six-Story Mixed-Use Building in the Works at Broadway and Decatur in Ocean Hill [Brownstoner]

4 Comment

  • I’m curious why you’re sure that supportive and low-income housing by default has better building design than market-rate condos.

    • I say it’s likely, not a sure thing. Most of the 100 percent affordable housing that has been built in the last decade or so in Brooklyn is attractive and well designed. Why this is I don’t know but it’s a great thing and I hope it continues under de Blasio.

  • This is good news for that area of Broadway and after researching other projects, it seems these developers are sensitive to the areas they build in. My concern is that too much of this type of housing is being pushed in our neighborhood and would hate to see it affect us in the long run. People need to live somewhere, but I don’t want the mayor to use our neighborhood exclusively as the place to build low income housing on ever lot.

  • A bit of a theme developing of late. The Broadway Junction rezoning story from the other day, three today on Ocean Hill, E. Crown Heights, and E. Bed-Stuy. I think we re going to see a lot of attention in these areas in the coming years. Perhaps these areas cannot yet support much market rate development because market rate units won;t go for much more than subsidized units will, so incentivized afforadble housing development may bring attention and interest to the area.