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In Brownsville, a NYCHA parking lot debuts as affordable housing

The parking lot at the Van Dyke Houses was converted into a 12-story affordable and supportive housing development

Via Vanni Archive

Brooklyn-based non-profit CAMBA debuted a 101-unit affordable and supportive housing development in Brownsville earlier today. The development is part of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)’s plan to develop underutilized parking lots at its properties into affordable housing. In this case, a parking lot at the Van Dyke Houses was utilized to build the 12-story structure.

Residents in the building, which is located at 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard, will have access to a computer training center in the building, an on-site laundry room, two community rooms for group activities, an outdoor garden, a roof terrace, and several on-site social services like financial literacy, healthcare access, and employment services.

The project was built at a cost of $56 million in collaboration with NYCHA, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Housing Development Corporation, and New York State Homes and Community Renewal. Dattner Architects designed the building.

In March last year, the affordable housing lottery launched on 25 apartments here, with units asking from $876/month. The building has a mix of one and two-bedroom homes, and the rest of the units were filled through NYCHA waiting lists, and referrals from the city’s Department of Homeless Services.