Bushwick Convent May Be Turned Into Affordable Housing


    A Bushwick nonprofit set up by Vito Lopez is eyeing a former convent to develop into affordable and special-needs housing, reported DNAinfo. The proposal has been greenlighted by Bushwick Community Board 4, and Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council and developer Georgica Green are applying for tax credits and subsidies from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. If the proposal is approved by the state, the building should be ready by the end of next year. The project would cost about $25 million and employ about 40 people. Half the units in the building would consist of three-bedroom apartments for large families and half would be studios for special-needs residents. The building will also provide counselors, security, outdoor space, and nurses. At least 50 percent of the apartments would be set aside for Bushwick residents. It was not immediately clear which of the three buildings at 1 De Sales Place would be converted. (PropertyShark gives the address for all three buildings as 1885 Broadway.) Above is what appears to be the former convent at 11 De Sales Place. Although none of the buildings on the property appear to be taller than three stories, the plan calls for a five-story, 80-unit apartment building over 70,000 square feet designed by OCV Architects, according to DNAinfo. The complex is located in the far south of Bushwick between the Bushwick Aberdeen L train stop and Broadway Junction on the border of East New York.
    Group Wants Convent Developed Into Apartment Building [DNAinfo]
    Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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