The nonprofit agency CAMBA sent out a largely ceremonial press release Tuesday announcing the opening of CAMBA Gardens Phase II, a 100 percent affordable and supportive housing development at 560 Winthrop Street in East Flatbush.
Located on the site of Kings County Hospital Center’s former psych wards, which closed in 2009, the project received its certificate of occupancy close to a year ago, in May 2017. It recently won the 2018 “Excellence in Affordable Housing Development” award from the Urban Land Institute New York.
The $100 million LEED Gold-certified project consists of 293 apartments for low-income New Yorkers, 182 of which are set aside for formerly homeless families and individuals.
Name a local politician and they are quoted in the press release — 20 in all. United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, while not quoted, gets a shout out from Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.
Dattner Architects, which is well known for its work in affordable housing, are behind the design.
New photos and renderings on the architect’s website show the building surrounded by children and a common room full of people.
The facade is a combination of different color brick with vertical stripes accentuating the entrance. Inside, the units have wood flooring and sparse and modern open kitchens with white subway tile.
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