In a recent announcement, New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) revealed a multi-phase affordable housing development in Brooklyn. Known as Broadway Triangle, the wedge-shaped plot of land sits at the intersection of Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Bedford-Stuyvesant and will eventually give rise to a five-building housing complex for low-income households and the formerly homeless.
While an official list of addresses has not yet been released, the city has revealed that sites A and B are designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning. Marvel Architects is responsible for the design of site C. As a sustainable development, each building has been designed to Passive House construction standards.
In addition to 380 new apartments, the residential area will include multiple landscaped courtyards, rooftop space, and other amenities. Plans also call for the construction of about 10,000 square feet of commercial and community space including Reconnect Café, a non-profit coffee shop that employs at-risk youth, and a workforce development center operated by St. Nicks Alliance.
Former plans to develop Broadway Triangle included the construction of an eight-building complex comprised of 1,146 apartments. Proposed by Rabsky Group, up to 30 percent of those apartments would have been marketed as affordable homes. The city eventually approved those designs, but local advocacy groups responded with a lawsuit claiming unfair bias in favor of the Hasidic Jewish community. City agencies eventually settled and the Rabsky development was scrapped.
“After almost a decade in litigation, Broadway Triangle—one of the largest remaining city-owned sites in North Brooklyn—will soon start a new chapter as a mixed-use, affordable housing development with vital commercial, community, and open space,” said Acting HPD commissioner Eric Enderlin. “The selected development team has deep ties to the area and has proposed a plan that not only provides 380 deeply affordable homes, but responds to the diverse needs of the broader community.”
Along with HPD and HDC, the city is working in collaboration with privately held development firm Mega Contracting Group and United Neighborhood Partners, a consortium of local advocacy and construction firms.
Construction on the first site is set to begin in 2020, and all three buildings are expected to be complete by 2025.