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City to build modular homes in East New York

The city is set to employ ʻnext frontierʼ building technology to develop an affordable apartment property in East New York.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will develop 167 units of on City-owned land with a development team led by Thorobird Companies along with nonprofit partner Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services (BACDYS).

“Through Housing New York, we aren’t just producing affordable housing at record pace, we are looking to harness new solutions and innovative technologies to meet the needs of New Yorkers as quickly as possible,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.

“Modular construction is the next frontier in housing, and this project will help advance this new construction trend, while bringing 167 affordable homes to East New York, making good on a promise to the community.

“With the selection of a local minority-owned real estate firm and a trusted non-profit partner, this community-driven proposal represents a real win-win.”

The City sought proposals for development on the Grant Avenue Municipal lot in East New York, Brooklyn.
The winning plan reflects priorities identified in a Community Visioning Report that was completed in 2018 and includes a mix of studios, one, two, three, and four-bedroom homes affordable to extremely-low, very-low, low-income, and formerly homeless households.

The project also features community space to be operated by a local non-profit, a new medical clinic, and supportive services for homeless New Yorkers.

Thorobird managing member Thomas R. Campbel said using modular design allows tailored design and an optimal production process.

“The homes will arrive faster, in a better quality and at a lower cost,” he said, noting the development would include a stepped down green roof and a ground level public plaza.

Manufacturing of the development will be completed by Brooklyn-based FullStack Modular, and design will be overseen by Think! Architecture and Design.

The site is located at 581 Grant Avenue, next to the Grant Avenue subway station, within Brooklyn Community Board 5.

“FullStack Modular is honored to be chosen by the City of New York to help prove the efficiency and cost predictability that modular housing can bring. We are also proud to be part of an all-star NYC-based development team with deep roots in Brooklyn, and are excited to have a factory humming with good-paying jobs for New Yorkers,” said FullStack Modular Founder and CEO Roger Krulak.

Nonprofit partner BACDYS will oversee programming in the community space that will focus on serving immigrants, women and low-income community members.

Additionally, there will be a medical clinic operated by Brooklyn-based BMS Health and Wellness, a Federally Qualified Health Center that sees patients regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status, and supportive services for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness offered by Urban Pathways.

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