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Jamaica’s 380-unit affordable housing complex breaks ground

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The development will also bring a community facility, retail, and commercial space to the neighborhood

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Work on Jamaica’s NYPD parking garage-replacing affordable housing development is now underway. A group of elected officials and the city-selected developer broke ground on Archer Green Apartments, as this development is known, earlier today.

In all, the 23-story development will create just over 380 affordable apartments, a 15,000-square-foot community facility, and 68,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. The development will be made up of two towers: the north tower will stand 23-stories tall whereas the southern tower will be 20 stories tall. Construction on Archer Green is expected to wrap in the summer of 2021.

The project came about after three city agencies—the Economic Development Corporation, the Housing Development Corporation, and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development—collaborated to issue a Request for Proposals for the site located at 92-23 168th Street.

Early last year, the city announced that it had selected Omni New York LLC to develop the project. The firm has built over 6,000 affordable apartments across the city.

“Archer Green Apartments is a game-changing project that will help spur economic growth in the heart of downtown Jamaica,” said NYCEDC president James Patchett, in a statement.

The overall development is a response to the Jamaica NOW Action Plan established by the de Blasio administration in 2015. The $153 million revitalization effort is looking to promote the growth of small businesses, provide workforce training, and create green spaces and infrastructural improvements in the neighborhood.