Woodhull Hospital Plans Supportive Housing at 179 Throop Avenue in Bed-Stuy

Supportive housing planned at 179 Throop Avenue, rendering by Monica Lopez ArchitectSupportive housing planned at 179 Throop Avenue, rendering by Monica Lopez Architect

Woodhull Hospital has filed plans to erect a new building with supportive and affordable housing on its 1970s, Brutalist campus at the corner of Flushing and Broadway in northern Bed-Stuy.

The new building will rise at 179 Throop Avenue, on the western side of the huge hospital property between Flushing and Park avenues. The complex will occupy part of the hospital’s football field-sized parking lot, which is rarely filled to capacity.

The six-story project will hold 89 studio apartments, 53 of which will go to psychiatric patients who have recently been released from Woodhull Hospital. The remaining 36 units will go to tenants who make 60 percent of the Area Median Income, or $36,300 for a single person.

All of the units will rent for $907 a month, but the Office of Mental Health will partially subsidize rents for the patients, Brooklyn Paper reported last year. Psychiatrists at Woodhull will refer patients to the building, and supportive housing non-profit Communilife will offer on-site mental health services. Tenants will be able to take advantage of treatment at Woodhull while living a bit more independently.

Although the local community board unanimously approved the project, neighbors weren’t thrilled with the project during a public meeting last month. They pointed to the fact that there’s already a homeless shelter a block away and an elementary school across the street.

The 89 units will be spread across 45,400 square feet, creating an average apartment of just over 500 square feet. The first floor will have a dining room, computer room, pantry, mail room, offices, and nine apartments. The upper floors will host 16 units each.

Monica Lopez Architect, based in the Financial District, will be responsible for the design. The owner is listed as the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation.

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