Renderings Revealed for 480-Unit Affordable Housing Development at 151-165 Broome Street on the Lower East Side

Rendering of proposed buildings 3-5 and 3-6 within the Seward Park Extension- Handel ArchitectsRendering of proposed buildings 3-5 and 3-6 within the Seward Park Extension- Handel Architects

A large consortium of non-profit and private developers has revealed extensive proposals to construct two new affordable housing buildings on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. If the proposals and required zoning amendments are approved, the structures would break ground at 151-165 Broome Street within an existing mixed-use complex referred to as Seward Park Extension.

Handel Architect’s New York studio will oversee design of the two new buildings. Applicants responsible for the proposals include Grand Street Guild Housing Development Fund Company Inc., Grand Street Guild East Housing Development Fund Company Inc., Southeast Grand Street Guild Housing Development Fund Company Inc., and Clinton Broome Development LLC.

The first building, referred to as “Building 3-5,” would top out at 15 stories at 165 Broome Street at the corner of Clinton Street. As proposed, the structure would include approximately 235,235 square feet of residential area and 65,668 gross square feet of parking area. This translates to 235 apartments and accommodations for 126 vehicles. The proposed residential component will include a mix of studios up to three-bedroom layouts.

The second building is listed as “Building 3-6” and would top out at 16 stories. Located at 151 Broome Street, mid-block between Clinton Street and Pitt Street, the structure would comprise approximately 174,000 square feet of residential space including up to 245 studio and one‐bedroom units, as well as 14,280 square feet of community facility space.

While the exact programming of the community facility space is unknown at this point, it is assumed that the ground level, which spans 6,167 square feet, would be occupied by a medical office. The cellar level of the community space, an area of 8,113 gross square feet, would be occupied by a social services facility.

Elevation diagram illustrates the north elevations of proposed Building 3-5 and Building 3-6 within the Seward Park Extension - Handel Architects

Elevation diagram illustrates the north elevations of proposed Building 3-5 and Building 3-6 within the Seward Park Extension – Handel Architects

The main rendering depicts Building 3-5, which will feature a red brick façade with an irregular grid of windows. The two-story podium incorporates an alternating pattern of tan and brown brick. The upper portion of Building 3-6 is visible in the background of the rendering, and appears to also have a red brick curtain wall.

Following an extensive Environmental Assessment Study signed and approved by the Department of City Planning on behalf of the City Planning Commission, the project is anticipated to have no significant negative effect on the surrounding area including the shadows cast and the overall visual impact of the new buildings.

The construction of each building is expected to last around 22 months. The overall project is expected to be completed and in operation by 2025.

Map illustrates proposed construction site of Buildings 3-5 and 3-6 and the existing development at Seward Park Extension - Handel Architects

Map illustrates proposed construction site of buildings 3-5 and 3-6 and the existing development at Seward Park Extension

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11 Comments on "Renderings Revealed for 480-Unit Affordable Housing Development at 151-165 Broome Street on the Lower East Side"

  1. David in Bushwick | August 30, 2020 at 8:58 am | Reply

    Really great to see some “affordable” housing being built in a city that so desperately needs it. But why spend all that money and resources to build parking spaces for 126 polluting cars? Our congested streets don’t need more cars, we need more affordable housing.

    • Josephine Hill-James | August 30, 2020 at 8:55 pm | Reply

      Exactly what I was thinking! It’s the Lower East Side… There’s so many trains and buses nearby plus jobs and other necessary services within walking distance.

      As for “affordable” apartments, what are the rents? How is this development funded? If LIHTC, that means it’s only rent restricted for 30 years max.

    • I heartily share your sentiments – and if someone can afford to own a car in Manhattan, they shouldn’t be living in “affordable housing”.

  2. It is good that we are building affordable housing, but the rest of this project really isn’t that promising to me.

  3. Great site. Didnt think thwre werr that many sites available.
    As most sitet there r no more than 5 stories

    Is affordable income 110k or 45k? As the city may define it weirdly. Gather a portion will be extremely low income or nycha transplants or community district mandatory selection.

    But feel confident that a good number will be for 3 person hoiseholds making 85k.

    Which is not for the bad or good. Its nyc. Though that area for those who know is not very hippy but has grit and a fair amount of blue colllar labor.

    Much like many parts of nyc its getting scaled up. Upzoning only benefits legacy tenanment owners and the rent stablized. Anyother person should fear upzoning. As it implies a LARGER THAN NORMAL rent hike.

    Les crossing which is market rate is only a few steps away. My guess is the next upzonings will be in the bronx and queens.

    • If the City has the power to tax developers (to build affordable housing), wouldn’t it be more fit to spend these taxes on paying off our debt first before spending it on charitable endeavours?

  4. Land acq costs and lobbying maked me think affordable may be 90k for three ppl. Or something in that range. Which is like 2 ft admin assistants in nyc. But when u scale 1700 for a studio at the minimum. That maybe afforfable.

    That hood has been becoming morr uber hip. And is real clode to bk. The lottery will be immense.

    This is a step forward. Larger scsle buildings can be more feasible for affordable housinh.

    I think another key is exepsnive retail on ground subsidizing affordable living abpve.

    Cvs walgreens starbucks etc. Dont care about tenants. They care about scale. Price. And locstion.

    The retailers csn be key subsidies for future sites. The quedtion is whowould tnese high rises displace.

  5. Another key waythese affordable complexed can susidize themselves is parking. Yes its smog. BUt it keeps cars offthe street circling for 20 minutes for a parking spot.

    If u or others want to apend 375 a month for parking. 375 by 100 37500 x 12 is 400k a year. To adsist in buolding maintence.

    And 375 a minth for r3served parking is cheap

  6. Will these affordable units be considered for low income HUD guidelines?

  7. I am interested in learning more about your affordable housing applications. Thann you.

  8. I hope to God you give them some character and not look like typical affordable boxes that say” I’m poor” “ I’m poor”!!
    Like boxes and and cardboard!! I am an Arch Interior Designer and IHOPE this isn’t typical junk! Bc people are working their asses off, not making millions, should not have to live in a dumpy Housing unit! Thry should be able to be proud to say Where they live!!

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