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Delayed East New York Affordable Housing Project Moves Forward

Part of the final phase of construction at Nehemiah Spring Creek

A delayed affordable housing project in East New York is finally moving forward bringing several, new one and two-family houses to the neighborhood, Yimby reports. Part of the Nehemiah Spring Creek project, the city has, for now, submitted plans to bring 23 single family homes to the site, which is located behind the Gateway Center Mall in the neighborhood.

Plans for the Nehemiah Spring Creek project were announced soon after Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, and were part of his initiative to create and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing in the next 10 years. They called for the creation of well over 1,000 units of affordable housing at the site, but construction didn't really move along as planned.

Work on the first three phases — which saw the creation of close to 300 modular houses, designed by Alexander Gorlin Architects and built by Capsys — was a success. But work on the final phase, which called for the creation of 225 homes, and 1,295 apartments was subsequently delayed.

The city had to install sewers and water mains, which is now nearing completion, and will be followed by work undertaken by Con Ed, Verizon, and National Grid to add electricity, internet, and gas services before the project moves forward.

It's not yet clear if this new crop of houses will also be modular. Delacour, Ferrara and Church Architects are listed as the architects on the newly submitted plans.