On Wednesday, The Brooklyn Public Library and Fifth Avenue Committee celebrated the ribbon cutting for the Sunset Park Library and Apartments, an eight-story mixed-use building at 5108 4th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The first development of its kind, the project combines affordable housing with a public library in a new model for urban development that blends community services with housing needs.
The Sunset Park Library occupies the first two and a half stories of the building. The library, now nearly doubled in size to over 20,000 square feet, includes a large teen space, recording studio, and community program room. Art installations by Tatiana Arocha add a creative touch to the space.
Above the library, the development houses 49 affordable housing units, offering a range of studio to three-bedroom apartments for residents. Amenities include a roof deck, laundry room, and bike storage.
The project’s total development cost exceeded $53.7 million, funded through various city and state agencies, private partners, and community funding.
“The Sunset Park Library and Apartments project combines innovation and ingenuity to increase our affordable housing stock while providing this diverse community with an expanded, state-of-the-art library,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “Under our administration, New York City is a ‘City of Yes,’ not only saying yes to more affordable housing, but yes to more opportunities in our backyards, neighborhoods, and city. We must use every tool in our toolbox to address and solve our city’s housing crisis. This first-of-its-kind project is once again New York City leading the way on how to get stuff done.”