A Robert A.M. Stern-designed affordable housing project in Brownsville will likely be approved now that a City Council member opposing the project has withdrawn their opposition. Crain’s reports that City Council member Darlene Mealy, who represents the area the project is set to rise in, has changed her mind on the development, ensuring its approval by the full City Council.
Council members tend to back the opinion of the council member representing a particular neighborhood, but in regards to the project located at 3 Livonia Avenue, Mealy’s colleagues may have given her a hard time had she not changed her mind, according to Crain’s. The project already had a wide range of support from the likes of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, the City Planning Commission, and the local community board.
As plans stand right now, Edwin’s Place, as this project is known, will stand eight stories tall and bring 125 new permanently affordable and supportive apartments to the neighborhood. About 60 percent of the apartments here will be set aside for homeless people, and rents on the affordable units are expected to start at $462/month for a studio. In addition to the rentals, the building will also have 3,000 square feet of retail and community space on the ground floor.
The project is being developed by supportive housing provider Breaking Ground in collaboration with the African American Planning Commission, and the full City Council will likely approve this project in the coming weeks.