The Department of City Planning recently reviewed and assessed proposals to construct Glenmore Manor, a ground-up affordable housing development in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Located at the intersection of Christopher and Glenmore Avenues, the development is one of several residential components in the Brownsville Plan, an initiative to revitalize and invigorate the surrounding area.
As previously revealed by YIMBY, the project will create 230 affordable homes for extremely low-income households, the formerly homeless, and low-income seniors. The building’s ground floor will house 20,000 square feet of community-oriented services and locally owned retail space.
The ground-floor businesses were announced in 2018 and include the Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, the Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, which provides programming for young entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits, a Caribbean restaurant, an African American-owned beauty products company, and a radio station.
“Quite a few people from the neighborhood have seen our presentation, and they love our concept,” said Matthew Okebiyi, founder and CEO of AAPCI. “They love the colors and look of the building and how it will transform their community for the greater good.”
Okebiyi went on to explain that the design premise was to create a building that is out of the ordinary for an urban neighborhood. The massing of the structure is tiered with rooftop gardens with seating and solar panels.
At this phase of development, the project team has not confirmed an anticipated date of completion.