Permits Filed: 500 Gates Avenue, Supportive Housing in Bed-Stuy

500 Gates Avenue, image via Google Maps500 Gates Avenue, image via Google Maps

Deep in the heart of Bed-Stuy, a supportive housing developer hopes to build a five-story residential building. The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health has filed plans for a development at 500 Gates Avenue, between Tompkins and Marcy Avenues.

The building would rise on a large parking lot a few blocks south of Herbert Von King Park, in the part of the neighborhood that’s equidistant from the G and the A/C trains.

New building applications call for 68 apartments spread across 40,500 square feet of residential space. Average units would measure just 595 square feet, which is smaller than what the building code typically allows for apartments. But small units are normal for supportive developments, which usually offer simple rooms and lots of shared common space.

The first floor would have recreation space, meeting rooms, offices, a laundry room and a kitchenette. Apartments would begin on the second floor, and each of the remaining stories would hold 16 units. The project won’t have any parking, because the mayor’s controversial zoning for quality affordability will waive parking requirements for supportive and affordable projects.

OCV Architects, who mostly design supportive and affordable buildings, filed the permits.

PCMH picked up the 13,500-square-foot property for $1.75 million in 2012, paying only $43 for each square foot of their planned building. The organization operates 12 supportive housing buildings throughout the city

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5 Comments on "Permits Filed: 500 Gates Avenue, Supportive Housing in Bed-Stuy"

  1. Create some ground floor retail, to enable businesses with on-the-job training for residents.

  2. Not sure I understand this article. How can they file building applications now with no parking? The ZQA zoning amendments waiving parking minimums haven’t passed yet. So wouldn’t any permit applications filed now be rejected under the current rules?

  3. Not for nothing: But just where will the motor vehicles of the locals (non-homeless)presently stored on the site be accommodated? Got any feedback on that as yet?

  4. TOM: this lot has been empty every time I’ve walked past it. It’s either been abandoned for years, or is only used during business hours. Either way, there’s more than enough slack parking in the neighborhood.

  5. Patricia Sumner | January 14, 2016 at 9:26 am |

    Would a legally blind person qualify to live in this housing? Do you know of any housing in the area that he would qualify for with a very limited budget? Can you refer me to such housing for a male? thank you

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