Construction is finishing up on The Nevins Street Apartments, a residential building at 50 Nevins Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Designed by Dattner Architects and developed by Institute for Community Living (ICL), the project involved the gut renovation of a 95-year-old eight-story building and the construction of a ten-story volume along Schermerhorn Street that extends over the northeast corner of the original structure’s roof. The 114,000-square-foot property will yield 129 affordable apartments as well as mental health support services for low-income residents. Mega Contracting Group LLC is the general contractor and King Contracting Group built the masonry walls for the addition, which is located at the corner of Nevins and Schermerhorn Streets.
Photos show the renovated façade of the old prewar building and the sleek look of the annex, which features a warmer colored brick and an irregular grid of recessed windows with black metal trim.
Both volumes are connected with a common inner core and are fitted with photovoltaic panels for on-site renewable power generation, LED lighting throughout, energy recovery-based heating and cooling system, and efficient windows. The entire exterior is practically complete with only the ground floor covered by the wrap-around scaffolding. Progress on the inside should be almost finished.
The New York Housing Conference website indicates 50 of the 129 homes will be affordable units and the remaining units are supportive units, reserved for formerly homeless individuals, including those with a serious mental illness, substance abuse history, veterans, and young adults. These residents will be provided with on-site services by the Institute for Community Living, a non-profit organization that offers mental health and housing support services to low-income and formerly homeless demographics.
Homes range from studios to two- and three-bedroom layouts, and amenities include a 24-hour front desk, on-site laundry facilities, a lounge, a gym and yoga studio, and a classroom. A 6,000-square-foot commercial space will span the lower levels of the complex.
50 Nevins Street is only two blocks south of the Nevins Street subway stop, which services the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains, while further north is the DeKalb Avenue stop with access to the B, Q, and R trains. To the west along Hoyt Street is the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street station, serviced by the A, C, and G trains.
It’s conceivable to see work on the Nevins Street Apartments fully conclude sometime in the spring.