Construction Starts at East New York Senior Housing Development

Another residential project officially kicked off in Brooklyn last week as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan that aims to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for 500,000 New Yorkers by the close of Fiscal Year 2014.

Another residential project officially kicked off in Brooklyn last week as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan that aims to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for 500,000 New Yorkers by the close of Fiscal Year 2014.

Named after Coretta Scott King, the prominent activist, civil rights leader and widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., the new development will add 50 units of low-income affordable housing for seniors living in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood. The total cost of the Coretta Scott-King Senior Houses will be $13.7 million, with $7.7 million coming from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the rest coming from the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and the New York City Council Brooklyn Delegation.

Coretta Scott-King Senior Houses will replace a city-owned vacant lot at McClancy Place that has not been developed in more than 40 years. Co-developed by Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council and sponsored by the East New York Council for the Aging, Inc. and Community Partners Commission Association, Inc., the four-story building was designed by Urban Architectural Initiatives (UAI), a design and architecture firm headquartered in Manhattan. The new development will include a community space, a parking lot, a secluded walking path with seating area and community garden plots that will be used by the seniors.

“This senior housing development will provide much needed housing for seniors and enhance the community by developing former City-owned property in the heart of a family-based community that welcomes their new senior neighbors,” said President of the Coretta Scott-King HDFC, Dedra Wade, in a press statement.

The 50 apartments will be filled through an open lottery supervised by HPD. Eligible residents must be over the age of 62 and earn less than 50 percent of the Area Median Income (or less than $30,100 a annually).

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