By Laura Calugar
Comunilife and NYC Health + Hospitals commenced construction of a new six-story, 53,200-square-foot community in Brooklyn. The $28 million project on the campus of NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull will provide 89 units of supportive and affordable housing. Monica Lopez Architects has been selected as the project architect and Mega Contracting will provide general contracting services. Construction is estimated to take 18 months.
Located at 179 Throop Ave., the building will be in close proximity to Interstate 278 and several parks. All studio units will have their own kitchenettes and bathrooms. The property will feature a 2,400-square-foot landscaped backyard and a 2,300-square-foot front yard along Park and Throop avenues. Comunilife will serve as the on-site social service provider, with a social services office suite that will include three private offices, a conference room and open work stations. The project also features:
- a multi-purpose community room
- community kitchen
- laundry room
- bike storage
- computer room
Brooklyn’s affordability crisis
Independent housing, social services and health care needs will all be under one roof at the community. Fifty-four of the 89 units will be set aside as supportive housing for NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull patients with behavioral health issues. These apartments will be occupied by patients who are eligible for medical discharge but do not have permanent housing to which they can be released. The other 35 units will be available to residents whose income is at or below 60 percent of the area median income, which is currently $37,011.
“The need for supportive and affordable housing in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford Stuyvesant is at an all-time high and Comunilife’s new Woodhull Residence will serve as a gateway for the resources and opportunities for at-risk community members,” said Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, in prepared remarks.
Funding partners on the project include New York State Homes and Community Renewal, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Hudson Housing, Sterling National Bank, Chase and New York State Energy Research and Development. The supportive services will be funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
In March, Mega Contracting was also elected partner of another supportive and affordable housing project in the Bronx’s Mount Eden neighborhood.
Image courtesy of NYC Health + Hospitals