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NYCHA parking lot becomes $56M affordable housing development

CAMBA Housing Ventures (CHV) and CAMBA, along with City and State leaders, joined residents to celebrate the grand opening of 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard.

Located in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, this is a $56 million, 101-unit LEED Gold sustainable, affordable, and supportive housing development.

Government partners included the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR).

The first new construction development at NYCHA’s Van Dyke Houses in decades, 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard transforms a parking lot as part of New York City’s plan to develop affordable and supportive housing for low income and formerly homeless New Yorkers. It is also part of a comprehensive neighborhood reinvestment strategy for Brownsville, providing key economic impacts.

“603 Mother Gaston Boulevard is proof that innovative ideas like building housing on underutilized public land are possible with wonderful public and private partners. We are incredibly grateful to the support we received from NYCHA, HDC, HPD, HCR and many others who made this development possible,” said Joanne M. Oplustil, president and CEO, CAMBA/CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc.

“At CAMBA Housing Ventures and CAMBA, we believe in a holistic approach to helping individuals and families, combining housing with services to create healthy, stable lives. 603 Mother Gaston Boulevard allows us to provide 101 families—many of whom were formerly homeless or on the years-long NYCHA waiting list—with stable, affordable housing. Importantly, we also provide impactful services to break the cycle of housing instability once and for all.”

603 Mother Gaston Boulevard consists of 101 apartments available to households making no more than 60 percent of the area median income with 30 units set aside for formerly homeless families and 45 units set aside for those on the NYCHA site-based waitlist.

The development has brought 71 construction jobs and is expected to create 10 permanent jobs, nearly $9 million in investments in local Brooklyn businesses, and $1.5 million in contracts to MWBE businesses.

Designed and built to achieve New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Enterprise Green Communities, and LEED Gold standards, 603 Mother Gaston Blvd features Energy Star appliances and lighting to reduce utility costs; healthy indoor air quality; high-efficiency building systems; low/non-toxic finishes; bike parking on site; high efficiency flow showers, sinks, and toilets for water conservation; and day-lit common areas and energy-efficient windows.

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