Robert A.M. Stern’s affordable housing development in Brownsville approved by City Planning
Rendering of Edwin’s Place via Robert AM Stern Architects
The New York City Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal for 125 affordable units designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects at 3 Livonia Avenue in Brownsville. The proposed Brooklyn development, called Edwin’s Place, would feature an eight-story building with 69 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units and 56 studios. Edwin’s Place is being developed by nonprofit partners Breaking Ground and the African American Planning Commission, Inc. The proposal, which won approval from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Community Board 16, will move on to the City Council for a final review.
Edwin’s Place aims to meet the immediate and long-term housing needs of low-income and/or homeless families and single adults in the Brownsville and East New York area of Brooklyn. The development also seeks to house New Yorkers who are suffering from homelessness, those with special needs, single adult residents living with HIV/AIDS and those with histories of substance abuse. The target population also includes formerly homeless veterans.
There will be 47 units at Edwin’s Place set aside for low-income community residents. Rents will start at $462 per month for a studio, $590 per month for a one-bedroom, $718 per month for a two-bedroom and $821 per month for a three-bedroom.
If approved, the building’s amenities would include a 24/7 lobby, a state-of-the-art camera system and exterior lighting for safety. The building will also feature a multipurpose room, as well as green features like energy star appliances and water conserving fixtures.
In a press release, Borough President Adams, who was born in Brownsville, said the community-revitalization of the neighborhood is personal to him. ” I am pleased that HPD is advancing a project that integrates supportive housing units with housing for low-income families, as well as providing opportunities to seniors and the formerly homeless; such a housing mix is good public policy.”