Last year, the de Blasio administration rolled out a program designed to encourage developers to build one- to four-family homes on small city-owned lots. Now the city has filed plans to develop townhouses on 16 vacant properties in East New York, Ocean Hill and Brownsville.
East New York
New building applications have been filed for nearly 300 units of affordable housing on city-owned lots near where the elevated 3 and L trains intersect on Livonia Avenue in East New York. It turns out that these plans are Phase II of the city’s big Livonia Commons project, which will bring 791 deeply affordable units, retail and community space to a rather desolate stretch of the neighborhood.
Aviram Chen, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit residential building at 19 Malta Street, in East New York’s western neighborhood of New Lots. Located five blocks from the L train’s stop at New Lots Avenue, the structure will measure 4,222 square feet, which means units will average a rental-sized 704 square feet apiece. An existing garage structure will have to be demolished, but the lot is otherwise empty. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record.
The Institute for Community Living, a Cypress Hills non-profit that offers mental health services to low-income families, plans to dramatically expand its building at 2581 Atlantic Avenue near Broadway Junction.
Dawanna Williams, of BCDL Real Estate Development, has filed applications for twin three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 653-655 Hinsdale Street, on the western edge of East New York, three blocks from the L train’s stop at New Lots Avenue. The buildings will each measure 3,636 square feet, which means the units — four of six are indicated as duplexes — will average 1,212 square feet. Jose Carballo’s Hackensack, NJ-based JCA Group is the applicant of record, and the plot of land is currently vacant.