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East New York megachurch to build mega living space

Christian Cultural Center has teamed up with Gotham Organization to redevelop their East New York campus into a mixed-income community of 2,100 affordable units and neighborhood amenities that will supplement the existing church at 12020 Flatlands Avenue.

The partnership between the Christian Cultural Center, a Christian megachurch in East New York led by Reverend A.R. Bernard, and developers Gotham Organization would also create dedicated housing for seniors and families, a new performing arts center, 24-hour childcare facilities, a grocery store, retail space, walk-in medical services, a senior center, athletic space and more than two acres of public open space on top of the income-based affordable housing. The new campus will also include a shuttle service that brings residents to the nearby L and 3 train lines.

“At this critical moment for East New York and this city, we are committed to uplifting our community and are blessed with the real estate to be able to make a significant impact,” Bernard said“Our vision is to make this site a model for sustainable urban development, showing how a mixed-income community can grow sustainably, phased over time, with the right mix of support services, education, cultural institutions and shared public spaces.”

The project’s master plan was designed by architect Vishaan Chakrabarti and repurposes the campus’ surface parking lot into the new comprehensive design.

“Today, we know that for a community to succeed it needs access to a broader infrastructure of opportunity – open space, education, health care, child care, social opportunities and culture,” Chakrabarti said. “Each of these things is considered in the plan that we have prepared with Gotham to advance Rev. Bernard’s vision for a sustainable and equitable community.”

CCC said they chose Gotham as its partner because of the developer’s reputation and track record of building affordable housing, schools, community facilities and cultural spaces with New York institutions.

“Gotham has a long history working with community organizations and City government to provide much-needed housing and other community amenities,” Bryan Kelly, Gotham’s executive vice president, said. “We look forward to working with CCC to realize their vision for the future of East New York and look forward to working closely with residents to further enhance its programming.”

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