The Housing Protection and Development Agency (HPD) and the Housing Development Company (HDC) in New York have announced multi-phase, affordable housing development in Brooklyn. The wedge-shaped plot, known as the Broadway Triangle, lies at the crossroads of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, and will ultimately create a five-story residential complex for low-income households and former homeless people.

City A and B regions are designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning. Marvel Architects is responsible for C site design. As a sustainable development, each building was designed according to Passive House construction standards.

Moreover, 380 new apartments, the residential area has many landscaped courtyards, roof areas and other facilities. The plans also include Reconnect Café and a non-profit coffee shop, where young people at risk are working. The construction of around 10,000 square meters of commercial and social space, including a workforce development center operated by the Nicks Alliance, was envisaged.

Among the old plans to develop the Broadway Triangle, eight building complexes of 1,146 apartments were built. Up to 30 percent of these apartments, proposed by the Rabsky Group, would have been marketed as affordable houses. The city endorsed these designs, but local defense groups responded with a lawsuit demanding unjust bias in favor of the Hasidic Jewish community. City agencies finally settled down and the Rabsky development was scrapped.

“After almost a decade in litigation, Broadway Triangle—one of the largest remaining city-owned sites in North Brooklyn—will soon start a new chapter as a mixed-use, affordable housing development with vital commercial, community, and open space,” said Acting HPD commissioner Eric Enderlin. “The selected development team has deep ties to the area and has proposed a plan that not only provides 380 deeply affordable homes, but responds to the diverse needs of the broader community.”

In addition to HPD and HDC, the city has been working in collaboration with the development company Mega Contracting Group and the United Neighborhood Partners, a consortium of local defense and construction companies.

Construction is planned to begin in 2020 and the three buildings are expected to be completed by 2025.

The 6-1 pre-vote against landmark status earlier this month predicted the outcome. Deb Gross, who voted in the first vote but voted for Abrams House’s historical status, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that an email from a founder changed her mind. “This is a postmodern house, not really my thing, but that is a significant historical moment,” she said.

Source: Newyork YIMBY

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