326 Rockaway Avenue project breaks ground in New York

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326 Rockaway Avenue affordable housing development has broken ground at the site of an existing 17-story in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Recently the City officials including Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz celebrated the start of the project’s construction. They mentioned that it will be the most sustainable affordable housing development ever constructed in New York City.

Aufgang Architects designed the 326 Rockaway Avenue project, while Slate Property Group and RiseBoro Community Partnership will build it. The new housing project will yield 215 permanently affordable housing units and about 5,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.

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Slate Property Group’s Managing Director, John Valladares, pointed out that New York City is currently facing a housing crisis. Therefore, he said every new apartment or building means giving more residents a safe, affordable and stable home. According to Valladares, the 326 Rockaway Avenue apartment building was designed to feel like a true community.

The all-electric passive 326 Rockaway Avenue development in Brownsville, will have zero fossil fuel usage for heating and operations. Moreover, it will also feature a rooftop solar array to offset energy consumption. The mixed-use residential project is a $146 million development which will yield a 181,324-square-foot building.

Design plans for the 326 Rockaway Avenue project

The unit mix comprises 130 apartments for formerly homeless families and young adults. It offers studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Additionally, amenity spaces such as a community room, recreation room, children’s playroom and classroom space, are included. Residents will also have access to bike storage, shared laundry facilities, a fitness and yoga studio, and a roof deck.

RiseBoro has also included on-site social services on the 326 Rockaway Avenue property. Tenants will enjoy access to case management, counselling and crisis intervention, life skills and needs assessment services. Additionally, the program offers support for families referrals for employment, and opportunities for community engagement and leadership. The staff will also be available to offer mentoring and empowerment services.

The city’s NYC 15/15 Program will provide funding for the 326 Rockaway Avenue project’s supportive housing program. It’s a rental assistance program that assists eligible families or individuals that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. As a result, eligible families or individuals will be able to move toward their goals of long-term stability.