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Bklyn BP Calls for Affordable Housing at New Courts Facility

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Earlier this week, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams approved a plan to build a juvenile court facility in Brownsville on the condition that excess air rights be transferred to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development for the purpose of building affordable housing. The new facility—plans for which were approved in April—will be housed in a city-owned building that already exists on the site.

According to Crain's, the proposed Brownsville Community Justice Center will provide "a host of social services and activities for young men and women who have been arrested and are working their way through the justice system." However, when the local community board approved the facility in June, there was no mention of plans for the excess of 133,000 square feet of development rights, enough for more than 130 units.

"By utilizing the unused floor area and air rights of this site, we can pursue affordable housing in a new manner that will allow us to maintain economic diversity in this community and protect more residents that have made the Brooklyn renaissance possible," Adams said in a press release.

In response to Adams' proposal, Elizabeth Glazer, Director of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, said that the city is "receptive" to further development.
· "B'klyn court facility could yield affordable housing" [Crain's]
· All Affordable Housing coverage [Curbed]