Yesterday, the New York City Planning Commission unanimously approved a new affordable housing development for 3 Livonia Avenue, in Brownsville. This will be the fifth project in Brooklyn by the non-profit partnership of Breaking Ground and The African American Planning Commission Inc. The development, named Edwin’s Place, will create 125 rental units for homeless and low-income families and comes as part of the Mayor’s housing initiative to build 80,000 new, affordable units over a span of ten years.
The building will be eight stories tall, bringing with it 56 studio units and 69 apartments varying in sizes of one, two, and three bedrooms. The lowest starting studio rent will be $462 per month, while one-bedrooms will begin at $590, two-bedrooms at $718, and three-bedrooms at $821. The complex will also have ground-floor retail space.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects is responsible for the design, which is exciting considering the firm normally works on some of the highest-end developments in New York City. The masonry-clad exterior will make for an extremely attractive addition to the neighborhood, and the facade will also include some Art Deco-minded metallic elements.
The development still has to move to the City Council for final review, and the lot is currently vacant.
Correction: The first rendering posted for this article was outdated and has been replaced.