Construction is now underway on a Phase I of a sprawling, mixed-use development in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Located at 1709 Surf Avenue, the complex will eventually deliver 1,000 residential units, 150,000 square feet of retail space, and around 80,000 square feet of office area.
Phase I of the development will introduce 446 units of affordable housing for the formerly homeless, low-income families, and moderate income households. Designed by Handel Architects, the project is expected to open by 2021.
Apartments will occupy two 16-story towers set above a seven-story podium. While the full amenities package has not been revealed, the first phase will include two landscaped roof decks positioned on the buildings’ 8th floors. New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) will occupy two floors of office space measuring around 66,000 square feet.
Using lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, the design team has outfitted both residential and ground floor retail areas with an assortment of flood-proofing technologies and water barriers. For increased resiliency, all residential units and mechanical areas are elevated above the first floor.
“Today marks a major milestone as we break ground on the first of three phases that will ultimately bring more than 1,000 new affordable homes to the heart of Coney Island,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “Designed to be resilient in the face of future storms, this development will provide more than 440 affordable homes, vibrant retail space, and a new home for HRA as part of the City’s comprehensive plan to invest in the future of Coney Island,”
The project arrives from an assortment of New York City agencies including the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), the Housing Development Corporation (HPS), and the Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). The agencies are joined by the privately-owned BFC Partners, L+M Development Partners, and Taconic Investment Partners.