Plans to construct the 10.5-acre Urban Village mega-complex in East New York, Brooklyn, are now under review by the New York City Department of Buildings. The complex is being developed by Gotham Organization, Monadnock Development, and the Christian Cultural Center and is bound by Pennsylvania Avenue to the northeast, Flatlands Avenue to the northwest, and Louisiana Avenue to the southwest.
Designed by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), led by architect Vishaan Chakrabarti, the complex will yield roughly 1.7 million square feet spread across 11 new buildings. This includes 675 affordable housing units, 200 supportive senior housing units, and 100 affordable home ownership opportunities, for a total collection of 1,975 apartments.
The filings currently under review pertain only to the first two phases of the development, referred to as phase 1A and phase 1B. Together, these initial phases will create 817 permanently affordable rental units, 27,000 square feet of commercial space, and 107,000 square feet of below-grade parking.
Phase 1A will consist of 376 affordable rental units for individuals and families earning 30 percent to 80 percent area median income (AMI), as well as ten affordable homeownership properties reserved for applicants earning between 80 percent to 100 percent AMI.
Additional components include a 17,000-square-foot grocery store and about 45,000 square feet of below-grade parking.
Phase 1B will bring an additional 441 affordable rentals, also reserved for households earning 30 percent to 80 percent AMI. There will also be a similar collection of 19 homeownership units for households at 80 to 100 percent AMI.
Secondary components will include a 10,000-square-foot pharmacy and walk-in medical center, a 12,000-square-foot community daycare, and 62,000 square feet of below-grade parking.
Estimated construction costs for the first phases hover around $570 million. So far, the Urban Investment Group within Goldman Sachs has provided more than $10 million in pre-development financing to support phase 1A and phase 1B, where construction is expected to break ground next winter.
“The recent filings of phase 1A and phase 1B for the Innovative Urban Village show incredible momentum for this community-enhancing development as it was only a few months ago we received full city council approval,” said Bryan Kelly, president of development at Gotham Organization. “Under [Reverend A.R. Bernard’s] vision, this project will bring the next amazing chapter in the re-imagining of the neighborhood and we look forward to celebrating the coming milestones that bring this project to life.”
Bernard is the leading reverend of the Christian Cultural Center, the city’s largest mega church with around 37,000 active members.
“The Urban Village brings a new concept of affordable housing to East New York and provides robust programming for a growing community,” said Bernard. “This milestone marks the beginning of an amazing response to the needs of our community. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
The project team has already passed the ULURP process and received full city council approval to transform the site as planned. The overall master plan is expected to be completed in phases over a ten-year period.