Affordable and Green in East New York

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    Hudson Companies (yes, they of the Third & Bond blog) announced that ground was broken yesterday at the eight-story low-income housing development at 1490 Dumont Avenue in East New York. The 176 rental apartments, made possible by the LAMP program and several city agencies, will be available to households with incomes of $16,000 to $46,000, with 20 percent of the units reserved for formerly homeless tenants. The project (called the Elder Lane development) will include solar panels, bicycle and car parking, and a 6,000-square-foot enclosed, landscaped courtyard. It will also be “the first residential project in NYC to utilize a vibro-compaction system,” which, as the name implies, uses vibrations to rearrange the soil, making it more dense and less permeable. According to the press release, this saved the project $1.5 million because “the procedure eliminates the need for 50′ piles, as well as structural caps, beams, and slabs.” 1490 Dumont is being launched as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, which hopes to preserve or construct 165,000 units of affordable housing by 2014. GMAP

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