Construction begins on £57m mixed-use housing development in New York, US
June 24, 2019 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the start of construction on $72m (£56.7m) mixed-use affordable and supportive housing development, Nevins Street Apartments, in Downtown Brooklyn.
Being developed by the Institute for Community Living, the mixed-use housing development includes the rehabilitation of an existing building that was originally constructed in 1912-13, as well as a 10-storey building on an adjacent parking lot.
Cuomo said: “Nevins Street Apartments will increase access to safe, affordable homes and services for some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers while contributing to a more vibrant and healthier Downtown Brooklyn.”
The new development offers 129 affordable apartments, including 78 supportive homes reserved for individuals with mental illness as well as 3,100ft² of commercial space.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said: “The Nevins Street Apartments will provide affordable, quality apartments with a focus on individuals in need of support services.
“The project complements our Vital Brooklyn initiative to break down barriers to housing and health care, and continues our efforts to strengthen the local economy and enhance quality of life for all New Yorkers in Brooklyn and beyond.”
Earlier, the Governor has committed $20bn (£15.7bn) for a five-year Housing Plan, which aims to provide all New Yorkers with access to safe, affordable housing. It involves building or preserving more than 100,000 affordable homes and 6,000 with supportive services.
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development commissioner Louise Carroll said: “The rejuvenation of this century-old building will not only protect and preserve the historical character of the neighborhood, it will deliver 129 permanently affordable homes and vital supportive services for some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers.”
Planned to be fully integrated and share a single core, the buildings’ amenities include common laundry facilities, 24/7 front desk security, a community room, a gym and yoga room and a classroom.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: Nevins Street Apartments will help create a more inclusive and diverse neighborhood in Downtown Brooklyn with 129 affordable and supportive apartments.”