Housing for LGTBQ Seniors on NYCHA Land Tops Out in Fort Greene

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An 18-story affordable building for LGBTQ seniors is quickly rising in Fort Greene.

Located at 112 St. Edwards Street, it stands on NYCHA land occupied by the Raymond V. Ingersoll Houses, across from the northwest corner of Fort Greene Park. During a recent visit, the building appeared to have reached its full height, and the whisper-grey brick facade is already up on the first 10 floors.

Next door is the Church of St. Michael and St. Edward, a Romanesque Revival church designed by architect John J. Deery. The two buildings, as seen below, will abut each other.

112 st edwards

The back of the building rises only 12 stories. According to building permits, there will be 146 units total, with terraces on the second, seventh and 14th floors, and a senior center on the ground floor with a cafeteria.

According to the New York Housing Conference website, the units will all be available at under 60 percent of the area median income, with 30 percent of the total units set aside for the formerly homeless.

Rendering by Marvel Architects

Rendering by Marvel Architects

Jonathan Marvel is the architect of record. The design, as seen today, hews closely to the available renderings.

It’s being privately developed by BFC Partners in collaboration with SAGE, a group that advocates for LGBTQ seniors. Construction began last year.

112 St. Edwards Street in July 2011. Photo by Google Maps

112 St. Edwards Street in July 2011. Photo by Google Maps

The building’s existence is part of a controversial plan to lease NYCHA land to developers in exchange for more affordable and market-rate apartments.

[All photos by Craig Hubert unless otherwise noted]

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