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Work starts on Stern-designed supportive housing property

Breaking Ground, the city’s largest supportive housing developer, has broken ground on Edwin’s Place, a 125-unit apartment property in Brownsville designed by world famous Robert AM Stern architects.

Located on a vacant city-owned lot at the corner of Livonia Avenue and Grafton Street, the building will feature 69 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as 56 studios.

Onsite social services will be offered to all residents, funded by a contract between the African American Planning Commission Inc. and New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Edwin’s Place will be Breaking Ground’s seventh building in Brooklyn.

88 units will serve formerly homeless individuals and families, including veterans, and 37 will serve low-income community residents.

The eight-story, 115,500 s/f building will feature a 24-hour attended lobby, security systems, 3,000 s/f of retail space, community facility space, a laundry room, exercise room, and multipurpose room that opens up onto an exterior landscaped courtyard. Breaking Ground was joined by project partner the African American Planning Commission, as well as partners at New York State Homes & Community Renewal, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance/Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Wells Fargo.

The $75 million project received capital funding from New York State Homes and Community Renewal, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, and Wells Fargo, N.A.

“Through the Mayor’s accelerated and expanded Housing New York plan, we are working aggressively with all our partners to ensure more of the city’s most vulnerable residents have the security of an affordable home, and all our neighborhoods have the assets they need to thrive,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.

Designed by the renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Edwin’s Place will be L-shaped with a sunken courtyard and outdoor amenities. The structural system will have precast hollow-core floor planks and reinforced concrete block walls; continuously insulated walls; triple-glazed windows; a green roof; and a photovoltaic solar array – all contributing to reduced energy use. The project is being constructed to meet Enterprise Green Standards.

“To build is an act of optimism,” said Robert A.M. Stern, founder and senior partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

“As we begin to build Edwin’s Place, we embark on the construction of a new building that will enable Breaking Ground to welcome some of our most vulnerable citizens—formerly homeless individuals and families—as well as low-income Brownsville residents, into new homes in the community.”

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