City, state and church officials last week opened the Catholic Charities Monsignor Anthony J. Barretta Apartments, a new 64-unit affordable housing development in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn.
The $18 million project was developed as a partnership between CPCR and Catholic Charities. It is located on the site of the former school, rectory, and convent of Our Lady of Loreto Church.
“It took vision and resolve to transform these underused properties―once a rectory, a school and a convent―into these beautiful homes,” said HPD Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas.
“Thanks are due to our partners at CPC, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Brooklyn Community Board 16, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, Richman Housing Resources, and JP Morgan Chase.
“The hard work of all of these great organizations is well represented in bricks and mortar and glass. But the most important aspect of this new development is the families and individuals that will have a new place to call home. ”
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens is one of the largest faith-based providers of affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors, families and special needs populations in New York City, having developed over 3,500 units of affordable housing throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
Monsignor Anthony J. Barretta Apartments is comprised of eight separate four-story buildings.
Utilizing CPCR’s highly successful “Infill Housing Prototype” design, the apartments have transformed underutilized, scattered sites into sound housing, a need which is increasingly important in a land-scarce city like New York.
Conceived by RKT&B Architects and developed in conjunction with CPCR, the “Infill Housing Prototype” is inspired by New York City’s brownstone walk-ups and applies energy-efficient techniques, including Energy Star appliances and highly efficient heating and air conditioning systems.
The units are a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedrooms.