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NYC Housing Connect is now accepting affordable housing applications for the new building finishing up at 490 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill. As you may recall, this is where the Associated Supermarket used to be, between Hall and Emerson.

Affordable units make up 20 percent of the seven-story, 93-unit building. The 19 affordable units start at $816 a month for a studio. (more…)

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In a major about-face, Community Board 8 wants to rezone an industrial area in northern Crown Heights to allow residential buildings. It would allow taller buildings and require subsidies for the housing, to make it affordable to those earning the median in the area.

The board voted yes Thursday to send a request to City Planning to study the area for a rezoning, DNAinfo reported. Readers may recall that a similar request from neighboring Community Board 9 has been bogged down in controversy for more than a year.

This is a major change of direction for the board, which a few years ago rejected an attempt by a group of artists to create artist-owned live-work housing in a building in the area. The board wanted to keep the area industrial to limit gentrification in the area. (more…)

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The Henry Apartments, a huge affordable and supportive housing complex in Ocean Hill, has officially kicked off construction at 1696-1712 Broadway. City officials and pols such as Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna and local City Council Member Darlene Mealy were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place Friday, March 20, a spokesperson for the project let us know. (Check out the press release and photos here.)

Workers have been putting up a construction fence around the very large site for several weeks, and when we peeked through yesterday we could see the ground had been cleared and a hole had appeared close to the corner of Broadway and Rockaway. The site runs along Broadway between Rockaway and Decatur. Years ago there were apartments and stores here, but the property has been an empty lot for decades. (more…)

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The partially built 23-story tower at 626 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has just started taking applications for affordable rentals, according to developer Hudson Companies. Rents for the 51 subsidized units start at $565 for a studio, $607 for a one-bedroom, $736 for two bedrooms and $843 for three bedrooms.

And income requirements range from $19,371 for a single person and go as high as $50,100 for a family of six. Half of the affordable apartments will be reserved for current residents of Community Board 9. (The area covers southern Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and part of North Flatbush.) (more…)

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Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan won’t bring affordable units to low-income areas but it will destroy the character of the most expensive neighborhoods in Brooklyn, said housing experts — including real estate execs — in a Wall Street Journal article yesterday. Here are the deets:

*In low-income areas such as East New York, no one is building market-rate housing now and no one will build market-rate housing in the future, even if the mayor succeeds with his plan to upzone the area to allow bigger and taller buildings, because the math just doesn’t pencil out.

*Meanwhile, the mayor’s plan would work beautifully in higher-income areas such as Park Slope and Williamsburg — except that Bloomberg-mandated “contextual zoning” height caps make it impossible.

Mayor de Blasio is pushing to wipe out those hard-won height caps with a “text amendment” to the building zoning code (as we mentioned in yesterday’s article about the zoning controversy in Prospect Lefferts Gardens). If he succeeds, new buildings and additions 15 to 30 percent higher than what is allowed now will quickly sprout throughout Brooklyn’s most expensive and tony areas and beyond, from Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens — anywhere land is expensive and prices and rents support luxury development. (more…)

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The developer of Navy Green, the big multi-building, multi-phase mixed-income development on the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill border, has started taking lottery applications for affordable condos. Qualified applicants will get to live in a 12-story, 99-unit building under construction at 8 Vanderbilt Avenue, on the corner of Flushing. There are 74 income-restricted condos ranging from one to three bedrooms, as well as a courtyard, playground, storage units, bike parking and roof terrace, according to the building’s website.

One-bedrooms will start at $230,000, two-bedrooms at $330,000 and three-bedrooms at $410,000. Income ranges set by the HPD start at $54,000 for a single person and go all the way up to $175,350 for a family of six. Fill out an application and mail it in by May 26. Anyone who wants to apply can attend informational seminars on April 2 and 15 from 6 to 8 pm, at Founder’s Hall at Francis College, located at 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. (more…)

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We finally have renderings for the ODA-designed project making up one of 10 large buildings in the massive Rheingold Brewery mega-development coming to Bushwick. Like most ODA designs, unsurprisingly, it is a variation on the theme of assemblages of boxes. But we are pretty blown away by the unusual concept for the entire complex, which occupies most of a block. It remains to be seen if the reality will be as good as the renderings, but it is certainly one of the most interesting buildings going up in Brooklyn.

The seven-story, 392-unit project will be topped with a 25,000-square-foot green rooftop. The zigzagging roof will incorporate a running/hiking course, urban farming areas and an outdoor cross-training facility, according to The Real Deal, which was first to publish the renderings. Other amenities include a 19,000-square-foot interior courtyard with a dog run, a fire pit and a mini amphitheater, as well as a climbing wall, coworking spaces, cafe and a gym, The Daily News reported. (more…)

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Dattner Architects posted tons of new renderings and diagrams for the 12-story, low-income housing development planned for a parking lot at Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville. The form of the building has not changed, but the most visible and interesting part, a rounded curved corner, has been recolored, and is now a cool and refreshing oyster white instead of orange-brown.

Here is the one rendering released two years ago, when the New York City Housing Authority first announced the project. CAMBA Housing Ventures is the developer. (CAMBA is also working on the second phase of affordable rentals next to Kings County Hospital in Flatbush, an otherwise unrelated project.) It will rise next door to the 100-year-old, William Tubby-designed Stone Avenue Library, at 581 Mother Gaston Boulevard, which the LPC is considering landmarking.

Also new are interior renderings, details, other exterior views, and diagrams. Click through to see them.

Permits don’t appear to have been filed yet, but we assume the project is finally moving forward because it received a $6,000,000 grant from the state. The completion date has also been pushed back from this summer to 2016, although that could still be ambitious.

For now at least, the development has no address apart from 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard, the location of the existing Van Dyke Houses. As we have mentioned before, it will have 100 permanently affordable apartments, including 44 one-bedrooms and 56 two-bedrooms, in addition to community space and a mental health clinic. Thirty percent of the units will be reserved for homeless families or families at risk of homelessness, 25 perecent will be set aside for current NYCHA residents, and the rest will go to households making 60 percent of the Area Median Income or less, or $51,540 a year for a family of four.

We think it’s an attractive design for affordable housing. “The L-shaped building is designed to create a transition between the street and the Van Dyke campus,” said Dattner, and the curved corner “serves as a gateway to the neighborhood.” What do you think of the look?

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Renderings by Dattner Architects
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The exterior of 59 Frost Street, an affordable housing development in Williamsburg, was looking good when we passed by Sunday. Almost all the windows were in and the facade appeared to be finished.

In fact, it looks better in person than in photos because the 3-D effect of the recessed windows is more apparent. You’d never guess from the outside this is an affordable building.

Unfortunately, it sits across from the BQE and all its exhaust fumes, as does the recently built luxury rental LeonardPointe next door. They used to be on one tax lot and were both developed by Rabsky Group. The building has 47 units, and Curtis & Ginsberg is the architect of record, according to permits.

What do you think of the design so far?

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During a public meeting last night, developer Hudson Companies revealed the locations of two affordable rental buildings that will be built along with market-rate units at the new Brooklyn Heights Library branch. Hudson will construct 114 units of affordable housing at 911-917 Atlantic Avenue (above) and 1041-1047 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill. The affordable units will be 100 percent privately financed, according to a press release from the Brooklyn Public Library.

On Fulton Street, it looks like Hudson will take over existing plans for a six-story, 28-unit building at 1045 Fulton. Karl Fischer first filed those plans under a different developer in 2013, and a funeral home and two neighboring buildings have already been demolished.

BPL also announced that the community will be involved the design process for the new library, which will include an online and paper survey, interactive exhibit and a series of workshops. Marvel Architects will lead the first workshop on March 23 at 6:30 pm at the Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West. A second workshop will take place April 20. 

Brooklyn Heights Library Coverage [Brownstoner]
Image via Google Maps

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Demo will start in March and construction will begin this summer on the massive Rheingold Brewery development in Bushwick, developer Read Property Group informed neighbors Wednesday. Covering more than 10 blocks, it is one of the largest construction projects to be undertaken in the area and the only one that is largely market-rate since at least the 1970s.

Similar-size projects included 100 percent subsidized housing on other parts of the Rheingold complex and Hope Gardens NYCHA housing, which was built on top of blocks that burned down in the riots and arson fires of the 1970s.

Workers will demo an old warehouse at 123 Melrose Street, above, where the first building will go up, reported DNAinfo. The 80-foot-tall building will house 385 apartments, 20 percent of which will be subsidized. There will be shops along Evergreen Avenue, 71 parking spots and an outdoor swimming pool. Construction will wrap in late 2016 or early 2017.

Rabsky Group and nonprofits Churches United for Fair Housing and Los Sures are also involved in the project. The nonprofits are looking for funding to build about 90 affordable one-bedroom units for seniors. They also plan regular affordable housing.

Affordable Units at Rheingold Brewery Site to Start Being Built This Summer [DNA]
Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark