New York announces plans for 68-unit supportive housing development

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jan 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans for new supportive housing development, named The Rise, in Brownsville, US.

Planned to be built on East New York Avenue in Brownsville, The Rise will deliver 68 affordable and supportive housing apartments while offering a range of health, wellness, employment, and legal services.

The project forms part of the Governor’s $578m commitment to developing 4,000 units of affordable housing through $1.4bn Vital Brooklyn Initiative.

The Rise scheme is planned to be developed by Xenolith Partners in partnership with Community Preservation Corporation and Community Solutions International.

Governor Cuomo said: "Affordable, safe housing with access to social services is critical to building a healthy, successful future for individuals and their families.

"The redevelopment of this East New York Avenue site will be an integral part of the Vital Brooklyn Initiative to deliver affordable housing opportunities to Central Brooklyn."

Owned by One Brooklyn Health System (OBHS), the East New York Avenue site is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of East New York Avenue and Strauss Street in the Brownsville neighbourhood of Brooklyn.

OBHS will house administrative offices on the ground floor of the new building, which will also provide space on the ground floor and lower level for Man Up! and Community Capacity Development, Man Up and CCD.

The Rise’s 68 apartments will be developed using trauma-informed design. The scheme’s on-site amenities will comprise two lounges, a community room, three laundry rooms, two resident outdoor terraces, and bicycle storage.

Additionally, the development will include approximately 10,000ft² of green space for residents as well as the broader community comprising a rooftop farm and greenhouse. Multiple outdoor terraces will also be made available for residents.

Xenolith Partners founding principal Andrea Kretchmer said: "The healthy environment, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, will enable residents and neighbours to not just rise, but to thrive."

Rendering of the new supportive housing development in Brownsville in the US. (Credit: New York State)

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