As the dust settles after a contentious rezoning in East New York, Brooklyn, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has set its sights on Brownsville, a neglected and similarly working class neighborhood next door. The housing agency announced the start of a new “neighborhood planning process,” which will collect feedback from residents, organizations, and business owners on how the city could improve the neighborhood.
HPD is planning affordable rentals on city-owned land in eastern Brooklyn. Applications were filed on Tuesday for a four-story, 17-unit building at 1900 Park Place, on the border between Ocean Hill and Brownsville.
In addition to projects in Fort Greene and Mott Haven, the New York City Housing Authority has released plans for a 13-story, 188-unit all-affordable residential building at approximately 401 Dumont Avenue, located within the Van Dyke Houses complex in Brownsville. The new building, being dubbed Dumont Commons, will rent at below-market rates to individuals and families making 30 to 60 percent of area median income (AMI), according to the New York Times. The project will include an urgent care medical facility, a wellness center, and a daycare-like community facility. Dunn Development is the developer and has ground-lease the site, currently a parking lot, from the city for 60 years. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.
Maspeth-based Aasrah Holdings Corp. has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit mixed-use building at 98 Thatford Avenue, in Brownsville, located 10 blocks south of the Rockaway Avenue Station on the A/C trains. The new structure will measure 8,500 square feet and will include 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Two per floor, the residential units begin on the second floor and should average 750 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Akeeb Shekoni’s Jamaica-based Askon Architects is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,502-square-foot lot is currently vacant.
Development in Brownsville is starting to pick up, and it might have something to do with the big rezoning set to transform East New York next door. Today we’ve come across plans for a seven-story hotel at 120 Thatford Avenue, between Pitkin and Belmont avenues.