The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has released the first images of The Norma, a 100-percent affordable condominium property in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Designed by Leong Leong, the 11-story building will contain 44 condominiums and a ground-floor urgent care facility operated by the Brownsville Multi Service Wellness and Health Center.
The Norma is one of two sites designated for affordable housing developments under the Bedford-Stuyvesant Housing Plan. Launched in 2020, the goal of the program is to create multifamily rental properties and homeownership opportunities for low-income families, the formerly homeless, and first-time home buyers. The plan is the result of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Housing Initiative, a group that includes the HPD, community organizations, local residents, and elected officials.
To complete The Norma, the HPD selected proposals from development partners Almat Urban and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation to transform the city-owned lot.
“The thoughtful proposals of Almat Urban and the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation reflect the neighborhood’s desire for more affordable homeownership opportunities,” said HPD commissioner Louise Carroll. “These plans move forward many of the priorities in the Bed-Stuy Housing Plan to protect residents from displacement and promote equitable ownership among M/WBE and nonprofit developers.”
The mix of floor plans ranges from one- to three-bedroom layouts. The most premium units will include small Juliette balconies. All purchasers will have access to individual storage space in the cellar, in-unit washer dryers, and free wireless internet throughout the building. Residents will also have access to an outdoor terrace on the second floor. Renderings show the building clad in an earth-toned masonry façade with an irregular grid of staggered windows.
The Norma will be financed through HPD’s Open Door program for affordable co-ops and condos. Available units will be designated for households earning up to 110 percent area median income (AMI). For a family of three, that would equate no more than $118,000 in annual earnings. The majority of units will be reserved for families earning between 70 and 100 percent AMI.
“Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) is honored to be a part of the Bed-Stuy Collective team selected to develop Site 1 as a mixed-use homeownership and commercial project to be known as The Norma,” said Colvin Grannum, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation president and CEO. “Restoration’s mission is to relentlessly pursue strategies to close gaps in family and community wealth to ensure that all families in Central Brooklyn are prosperous and healthy.”