Community Unites for Housing Trifecta

Rendering for proposed development at the Broadway Triangle site, courtesy of Magnussen Architecture and Planning

Unified Neighborhood Partners (UNP) unveiled their plans for the long-awaited Broadway Triangle Development at the latest Brooklyn Community Board 1 (CB1) meeting in November.

A total of 387 affordable residential units across 5 buildings between Gerry St. and Flushing Ave. will be put in place by the UNP Team: St. Nicks Alliance, RiseBoro Community Partnership, Southside United Housing Development Fund Corporation – Los Sures, United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg (UJO), and Mega Contracting. These units will serve the formerly homeless to low income households.

The development, selected in March 2019 by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC, will be divided into 3 projects. One is estimated to begin construction in early 2022 while the other two will aim to begin in early to mid 2023.

While the majority of units available will be 1–2 bedrooms and studio apartments, the site with the earliest construction date will have the highest percentage of 3–4 bedroom multi-family residences.

Along with the affordable housing, the Broadway Triangle Development will create neighborly togetherness by including a workforce development center, a shared community center, a coffee shop, and 21,000 square feet of landscaped open space including courtyards for residents.

To help get the word out and ensure access, the UNP created an outreach committee including their partnership and 3 other colleagues: IMPACCT Brooklyn, Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation, and Bridge Street Development Corporation.

“One of the areas that the UNP really wanted to focus on is to make sure that we are extensive in our efforts to get as many residents to be aware of the project and to go through an open and fair process in terms of being able to get access,” St. Nicks Alliance Director of Housing Frank Lang said.

Energy efficiency was also a main priority in the UNP’s plan. They equipped every building with an all-electric passive house design and rooftop solar panels. In addition, they were able to secure cleanup of the developments through NYS Brownsfield Cleanup Program.

As far as green infrastructure, RiseBoro Senior Project Manager Drew Vanderburg said UNP are currently working on a landscape design of an irrigation system and low flow fixtures so the buildings use less water, but that there is still more to do.

“I would say this is still an open topic,” Vanderburg said.

One major concern brought up at the CB1 meeting was the lack of a parking space. According to Frank Lang, the community is “well served by public transit,” and the UNP did not want to compromise residential space for parking spots, while underground parking was deemed too expensive to maintain and could be dangerous with flooding vulnerability.

Many community leaders have expressed support for the development at Broadway Triangle, including New York City Council Member Stephen T. Levin, Council Member Antonio Reynoso, and Rabbi David Niederman, President of the UJO of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn.

The fight for fair and diverse housing has been a lengthy battle lasting almost 5 years. These newly ironed-out plans have made the Broadway Triangle community’s 2019 success come to life!

Author: Kassondra Gonzalez

Communications Associate and Contributor of the Greenline.

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