City Agencies Announce Affordable Housing Complex at Contentious Broadway Triangle Site in Brooklyn

Renderings for Site A courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning

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.

Renderings for site B courtesy of Magnusson Architecture and Planning

Rendering for site C courtesy of Marvel Architects

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.

Rendering of scrapped plans to develop Broadway Triangle – Rabsky Group

“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.

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4 Comments on "City Agencies Announce Affordable Housing Complex at Contentious Broadway Triangle Site in Brooklyn"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Beautiful design in rows and in lines. (Thank you)

  2. Love the density, though the architecture has one of those instant “what were they thinking” feels to it. I wish this whole fad of making affordable housing as flashy and look-at-me as possible would go away in favor of just handsome restrained timelessness.

  3. Ivette Richards | March 31, 2019 at 8:31 am | Reply

    A 1 BEDROOM please and thank you . Mu credit is not the best but ive been Renting in parkchester for 13 years with no problem need a change my lease is up in Dec.

  4. This info is so wrong… These 3 HPD sites are different then the Rabsky parcels and the lawsuit against Rabsky (and the city for approving the rezoning) was dismissed and their plans wasn’t scrapped.
    Site A of the Government owned lots is at 665 Flushing Ave corner of Whipple St (Block 2272 lots 49 & 51).
    Site B is at 39 Bartlett St AKA 78 Gerry St (Block 2269 lots 14, 16-18, 45, 47-50).
    Site C is at 88 Throop Ave stretching from corner Bartlett St till Gerry St (Block 2269 lots 25-36).

    Rabsky lots (privately owned) are bounded by Harrison & Union Ave’s and Gerry & Walton St (Blocks 2249 & 2265).

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