Workers were digging the foundation at 1320-1328 Fulton Street, the big affordable development near Applebee’s in Bed Stuy, when we passed by recently. As Curbed reported in August, the building will have 57 units and 10 stories.
The architect is Curtis + Ginsberg Architects and the developer is Fulton Street South Redevelopment Company, which owns the Section 8 building next door at 1330 Fulton Street. Click through for lots more photos of the construction site and to see the rendering on the construction fence. GMAP(more…)
A new affordable housing development, Utica Place, officially opened its doors yesterday at 1339 Lincoln Place in Crown Heights, bringing 87 units of affordable housing and a youth center for a neighborhood church to the corner of Utica Avenue, according to a press release we received. The 12-story rental building offers studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms for low-income New Yorkers, with rents ranging from $494 for a studio to $1,175 for a three-bedroom.
The city received 38,000 applications during the building’s lottery, and only families who made between $18,618 and $50,340 could become tenants. Eighteen units are set aside for veterans who make less than $23,520 per year, and eight additional apartments have been reserved for homeless veterans. Local nonprofit Jericho Project, which works to combat homelessness, will offer supportive services, including counseling and career services, to vets who live in the complex.
St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church also has 7,000 square feet of space in the development, in exchange for allowing the HPD and developers to demolish three of its aging buildings that sat where Utica Place has risen. The development also includes a four-story commercial building next door, where Blink Fitness, Deals and daycare Brooklyn Kid’s Academy occupy 38,000 square feet of space.
Residents have begun moving in over the last few weeks, and St. Matthews is already setting up its youth center. L+M Development developed the project, which cost roughly $26,500,000, and MHG Architects designed it.
DNAinfo was the first to write about the opening. Click through to see what the interiors and roof deck look like.
The townhouse trend continues with plans filed for what is likely to be affordable housing on a stretch of empty city-owned lots on Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. Permits call for three three-story two-family homes at 716-720 Lafayette Avenue. Each townhouse will have 2,376 square feet and be configured as an upper duplex over a ground floor apartment.
The architects of record are Curtis + Ginsberg, who helped design the affordable Navy Green project in Clinton Hill and have worked on mixed-income multifamily developments elsewhere in Brooklyn. Permits list the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) as the owner. The city has owned the vacant lots since at least the mid-1980s, according to public records. GMAP
The Brooklyn Public Library is considering partnering with nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee to replace its one-story Sunset Park branch library at 5108 4th Avenue with an eight-story building that will house a bigger library as well as affordable rental apartments. There would be 55 units, 54 of which would be affordable and one of which would be for the building super, DNAinfo reported.
All but 10 of the rentals would be priced at half the current market rates, according to an email DNAinfo received from the Fifth Avenue Committee. Studios would rent for $525 to $750 a month, and three-bedroom apartments would be priced at $796 to $1,249 a month. The remaining 10 units would be aimed at “moderate” income households and would range from $1,000 for a studio to $1,595 for a three bedroom.
The library would increase in size from 12,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet. The library would own its space as a condo; the rest of the building would be owned by the Fifth Avenue Committee. The project would cost about $25,000,000. (Presumably Fifth Avenue Committee would buy the property and finance the construction, minus the cost of the library condo, but the story didn’t go into those details.)
Library officials held a public meeting Monday with Community Board 7 at the library to discuss the plan. What do you think of it?
Lightstone has just locked down a $120,000,000 loan for the first phase of its 700-unit megadevelopment at 363-365 Bond Street along the Gowanus Canal, and the Observer’s article on the financing has additional details on what will be built between 1st and 2nd streets. The 12-story complex will have 429 units, including 86 affordable ones. In addition, as previously reported, there will also be a landscaped courtyard, roof decks, a fitness facility, a theater room and a waterfront park on the banks of the canal.
Overall, the controversial rental project will have 140 affordable units (20 percent of the project), as the developer promised in 2012. The buildings will range in height from six to 12 stories, and the development will also have a 25-year tax abatement, as previously reported.
Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams wants to revive the affordable housing development on a 30-acre piece of land known as the Broadway Triangle. Sandwiched between Bed Stuy, Williamsburg and Bushwick along Broadway near Flushing, the controversial development was halted by a judge’s injunction following a lawsuit by community groups arguing the plans and a rezoning of the area favored Hasidic families and discriminated against blacks and Latinos. In a written review of an unrelated project at 695 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Adams called on the de Blasio administration to resolve the legal dispute so housing can be built, Crain’s reported.
He also called on HPD to get on with the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site at 300 Skillman Avenue in East Williamsburg, which stalled in 2012 after the developer dropped out. The city planned to create about 250 affordable apartments at the site, which has been shuttered since 1982. The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition told Crain’s it has recently been talking with the city about the rezoning. The Triangle project could add another 600 affordable units, according to Crain’s.
One thing that has changed: Former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the king of affordable housing in the area, was heavily involved in the Triangle project, but is no longer in office. The nonprofit group he created to deliver services to constituents, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen’s Council, which still exists and continues to be a big landlord and developer in Latino-heavy Bushwick, was one of two developers in the Triangle project, along with nonprofit partner United Jewish Organizations.
Do you think it’s a coincidence that Adams is calling for development of Broadway Triangle now that Lopez is out of the picture?
Construction is moving along at the eight-story, 87 unit apartment building at 33 Lincoln Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. The site is a long L-shaped lot that abuts the B/Q/S tracks and faces both Lincoln Road and Flatbush Avenue. The image above is from the Flatbush side of the development where foundation work is under way.
The building is being developed by Anderson Associates and had faced delays because of issues with obtaining financing through the city Housing Development Corporation’s New Opportunities Program. Now it is being funded by private investment. However 20 percent of the units will still be set aside for those making a maximum of 60 percent of the area median income.
Construction should be complete by April of 2015. Construction is expected to wrap in fall 2015, according to the sign on the construction fence. Click through for a rendering and more images.
Work is moving forward on a few sites at the massive Greenpoint Landing development at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Excavation is underway at 21 Commercial Street, above. The 82,476 square foot building will have 93 units and 2,577 square feet of commercial space when its complete.
Last week the Daily News took a look at the design of the 22 acre waterfront park that will be an integral part of the development. Rather than building high sea walls to protect the development against future storms like Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels, the designers are taking a softer approach. They are using sloping terraces and areas planted with salt-tolerant plants. “When people think of resiliency measures, they think they have to look tough and ugly, but there are actually innovative ways to do the same things while still looking soft and beautiful,” Lisa Switkin, one of the landscape architects on the project with James Corner Field Operations, told the News.
Across the street and a bit further south, on Dupont Street, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection has torn down the sludge tank that had been on the site, as reported, and was busy conducting remediation, removing soil, to prepare the site for its transformation to parkland. At 33 Eagle street a block over, the site of another future mixed-income building, construction has yet to begin.
Click through for more images of 21 Commercial Street, a rendering of the park and the sludge tank site.
Hundreds of Brooklyn religious leaders attended a recent meeting sponsored by Borough President Eric Adams about how faith-based organizations can earn money and develop their properties by selling air and land rights to developers, according to a story in DNAinfo. It’s an idea that resonated with many of the borough’s religious leaders as they face declining congregations, fundraising challenges and budgetary pressures while working to expand social services to meet the needs of those left behind in the recession.
“You are land-rich but cash-poor. The largest amount of housing potential in Brooklyn lies with you,” Pastor Gilford Monrose, director of the Borough President’s faith-based initiatives, told attendees.
Since many churches own historic buildings and have parking lots and other properties, developers are often interested in the properties. Deacon Dennis Mathis of Glover Memorial Baptist Church at 2134 Dean Street in Crown Heights (pictured above) said he wants to develop affordable housing on a church-owned parking lot and use the proceeds to expand its social services. “Any profit made from the deal will go toward expanding our soup kitchen and food pantry and might allow us to add after-school programs for youth,” he told DNAinfo. Developers have offered between $200,000 and $300,000 for the lot, he said.
A reverend at another Crown Heights church, Brooklyn Christian Center Church at 1061 Atlantic Avenue, said the church has a development plan in the works and came to the conference to learn how how to keep control of the property. Also discussed at the conference was how churches can work with city agencies to develop affordable housing.
Throughout the borough, churches have been demolished for new buildings and in some cases converted to condos. At least a dozen such projects are in the works now.
Adams has previously said he believes developing church property can help increase affordable housing in the borough. Do you agree?
When we stopped by the mixed income building at 1133 Manhattan Avenue at the far northern tip of Greenpoint, the building looked like it was nearing completion. Through the windows we could see workers sanding joint compound off the seams in the drywall — a sign that the interiors are getting close. The ground floor retail space looked like it had much further to go. The spaces are open to the elements and not built out yet.
The website for the building says that units will be available fall 2014, or about now.
The building has attracted a lot of attention in part because of incredible demand for the income-restricted units throughout the city. Nearly 60,000 people applied for the 105 below-market rate units here. The $67,000,000 building will have another 105 market-rate units as well as 20,000 square feet of retail and commercial space when it’s completed.
The building, which replaced a low-slung brick warehouse, was designed by architect firm Perkins Eastman. Click through for a photo of the unfinished street level retail space.
Construction is moving along in the next phase of the massive Navy Green mixed income housing development. It looks like five or six stories out of 12 have gone up so far at this condo building at 8 Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Flushing Avenue. It will have 98 income-restricted and market rate condominium units available. The bulk of the units, 74 of them, will be sold at prices affordable to moderate and middle income households. The rest, 24, will be sold at market rates. It will also have 1,600 square feet of retail space facing Flushing Avenue. Next to the building on Vanderbilt, 23 market rate townhouses are planned as well.
The Navy Green development is a block-sized mixed income residential (both rental and condo) and retail complex that has been in the works for over a decade and has cost over $85,200,000 in city and state funds. The first tenants moved into their income-restricted rental units at 45 Clermont Avenue in December of 2012. The project takes up the entire block between Park Avenue and Flushing Avenue Clermont Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue. When it’s complete, Navy Green will have 400,000 square feet of residential space.
This Saturday the Sunset Parks Landmarks Committee is hosting a party to raise money for its preservation work and for the tenant advocacy organization Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The $20 admission ticket will help both these worthy causes and it includes two drinks, light food, live music, a dance performance and prizes made in Industry City. The proceeds will be split equally between the groups.
In an email, Lynn Massimo, the committee’s project manager, said that both preservation and affordable housing are important to the future of the neighborhood. “Together we, the community groups and our electeds, must keep Sunset Park viable for a diverse population. That doesn’t have just one answer. It has multiple answers. Affordable housing, safe streets, cultural diversity, economic diversity, local jobs, and yes, preservation of historic rowhouses,” she said.
The event will be held at Irish Haven at 5721 4th Avenue at 58th Street this Saturday, October 18, from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets are only available at the door.