What will begin to bear fruit at the end of 2016 all began in 2000. This was when St. Nicks Alliance sought ways to fill the gap left by the reduction of City owned housing. They took on the mantle of community developer of the North Brooklyn Opportunities Project (NBO Project) and the developer of the Kings Villa project, and as such will spearhead a dozen construction and preservation projects that promote and sustain affordable housing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The NBO project will construct 4 new small walk-up buildings on scattered vacant lots as well as preserving an occupied 6-unit tax delinquent property. 24 apartments will be occupied by low income households. The existing six low income families will remain as residents, and the remaining apartments will be rented through a lottery to low income households with 50% of the units reserved for local residents. This project also reserves five units for Special Needs households in HRA/HASA supportive housing programs. Properties in this project are located at: 7 Stagg Street (4 Units), 40 Scholes Street (6 Units), 198 Montrose Avenue (4 Units), 566 Graham Avenue (4 Units), and 44 Morgan Avenue (6 Units preservation).
The Kings Villas project will be renovated in varying degrees from moderate modifications to a complete gut and will preserve 39 affordable housing units. The six existing households scattered in 3 of the properties will be able to remain in their units after the buildings are renovated. All other units will be offered at rents affordable to households at 60% AMI levels. This project reserves four units for Special Needs households in HRA/HASA supportive housing programs. Properties in this project are located at: 76 Grove Street (6 units), 663 Willoughby Avenue (3 units), 275 Menahan Street (6 units), 717 Flushing Avenue (4 units), 178 Rockaway Avenue (6 units), 877 Dumont Avenue (6 units), and 160 Glenmore Avenue (8 units).
The first project set to go is 7 Stagg Street, which is scheduled to finish by end of 2016. After the building is completed all units will be set up with with energy-saving accoutrements. This means: energy-saving appliances, low-flow toilets and sinks, high-efficiency boilers, specially-designed fiberglass windows that prevent heat loss in the winter and help trap cool air in the summer, a controlled ventilation system for indoor air quality, and even construction materials used will be energy efficient.
NYC’s Housing Preservation and Development lottery process is the way to get in the running for these units.