CetraRuddy announced its selection as part of the winning team chosen for a 291-unit affordable housing complex in Brooklyn.
“We are proud to be involved in New York State’s vanguard investment in affordable and sustainable housing,” SAID Eugene Flotteron, AIA, principal of CetraRuddy.
“It is so critical at this moment. The Flatbush community and its rich urban fabric inspire a vibrant community development, and this new project will provide important housing options for underserved New Yorkers.”
This month, New York Governor Cuomo announced the details of the project, awarded to non-profit community-based developer CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc. with CAMBA, Inc., as social service provider and community facility operator for Clarkson Estates.
The massive and comprehensive sustainable, affordable and supportive housing project is part of $1.4 billion in State-funded investment — organized through the Vital Brooklyn Initiative — set to include a 30,000 s/f community hub that targets and invests in Vital Brooklyn’s eight integrated areas including economic empowerment, community-based healthcare, violence prevention, healthy food, open space and recreation.
Flatbush, like many high-need communities, contends with chronic economic and racial disparities, said Flotteron. “Stable and permanently affordable housing can address a range of incomes, household sizes and community needs,” he added, “and Clarkson Estates will be a new model for urban development.”
Clarkson Estates will provide health care access, permanently affordable housing, and healthy food access and outdoor spaces.
Health Science Center at Brooklyn Foundation currently owns the project location, called Site L and located at 329 Clarkson Avenue.
Clarkson Estates is also expected to promote economic development and workforce training services, while also providing youth development and violence prevention services.
In addition, the new building’s architectural and interior design are planned to complement the mission of Clarkson Estates by supporting its mission of offering health and wellness amenities for residents and nonresidents alike.
“It is a tremendous opportunity for our firm to help address the challenges of affordable housing in our home city,” said Flotteron. “Central Brooklyn has been a notably disadvantaged area in New York State, and our design and planning will take into consideration how to build for better standards of living and for an engaged and supportive community.”