NYCHA’s open space development plans move ahead with affordable senior housing in the South Bronx

March 15, 2017

Rendering of Mill Brook Terrace courtesy of NYCHA

As part of the New York City Housing Authority’s NextGen initiative–the controversial policy of partnering with private companies to develop housing on open space in existing public housing projects–an affordable senior development is coming to the South Bronx. As reported by NY Yimby, Mill Brook Terrace in Mott Haven will be a nine-story, 169-unit building at 570 East 137th Street and will be set aside for seniors who earn no more than 50 percent of the area media income, or less than $36,250. Designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, the building will include a 9,000-square-foot senior center on the ground floor, which will include a commercial kitchen, community space, activity room and an outdoor garden.

Despite losing nearly $35 million in federal aid, NYCHA continues to push forward with development plans that partner with private developers in order to save on costs. So far cuts to NYCHA include at least $27.7 million in operating costs and $7.6 million in funding the Section 8 voucher program. And while the privatization approach has been met with criticism, NextGen NYCHA plans on constructing two more affordable buildings on open space in Brooklyn in addition to the Mill Brook Houses. Ingersoll Houses will be built in Fort Greene and Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville. With these three developments, NYCHA hopes to create 489 below-market rate apartments for New Yorkers earning between 20 and 60 percent of the area median income.

The developer, West Side Federation of Senior and Supportive Housing, along with NYCHA, hope to begin construction on Mill Brook Terrace later this year and finish by 2019.

[Via NY Yimby]


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