Plans unveiled for 322-unit affordable housing project in Brooklyn, New York

WCN Editorial Team 17 Jul 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans for the development of a new 322-unit affordable housing project in Brooklyn.

The affordable housing project is part of the state’s $1.4bn initiative, the Vital Brooklyn initiative and the 322-unit Utica Crescent will be home to families, seniors and people in need of on-site supportive services.

The Utica Crescent project is being built as a joint venture between Monadnock Development and CB-Emmanuel Realty. Catholic Charities will provide on-site supportive services to residents as well as the broader community.

Out of the 322 affordable apartments, 34 units will be reserved for formerly homeless individuals and families and 96 units will be set aside for seniors.

To be located in Central Brooklyn, the development will be built on a parking lot owned by One Brooklyn Health System (OBHS) next to Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

The residents can benefit from on-site amenities such as laundry rooms, exercise and activity rooms, bicycle storage, and multipurpose community rooms along with community-supported agriculture services.

The proposals also include a new dialysis centre to be operated by OBHS which will replace the current smaller dialysis centre on the Kingsbrook Jewish campus.

The building will also include a full-service grocery store as the anchor commercial tenant and smaller ground-floor storefronts will accommodate local businesses.

Furthermore, an underground parking garage with 300 parking spaces will also be provided for Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center employees that currently park at the development site.

The development will also provide about, 30,000ft² of open space including a large interior courtyard with resident gardens, timer bleachers, walking paths and several outdoor activity areas.

The place can be used for both active and passive recreation including games, walking, sitting and picnicking, allowing the diverse residents to enjoy the place at the same time. Landscaping along the seat will include tree beds, seating, bicycle racks and outdoor bicycle storage for grocery store customers.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: “The economic and health disparities that have afflicted these neighbourhoods and losses from Covid-19 are incomprehensible, but we will address these inequities by moving forward with a powerful vision for a vital and renewed Central Brooklyn.

“Governor Cuomo's Vital Brooklyn initiative offers concrete solutions, such as Utica Crescent, that we know are already helping to break down barriers to quality affordable housing and create stronger, more sustainable communities for generations to come.”

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Artist’s rendering of the Utica Crescent development. (Credit: New York State.)

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