As it grapples with nearly $80 million in federal budget cuts, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is pushing forward with plans to build housing on parking lots in its developments throughout the five boroughs. New building applications were filed last week to develop an affordable senior project at Mill Brook Houses in Mott Haven, in the South Bronx.
The West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing hopes to build a nine-story, 159-unit building at 570 East 137th Street, at the corner of St. Ann’s Avenue. Construction on the development, dubbed Mill Brook Terrace, is expected to start later this year and wrap by 2019.
All of the apartments will be set aside for seniors who earn 50 percent or less of the Area Median Income, which is $36,250 for a family of two, according to a NYCHA fact sheet released last August. During the housing lottery selection process, current NYCHA residents will get preference for a quarter of the units.
The ground floor will feature a 9,000-square-foot senior center with a commercial kitchen, neighborhood community space, activity rooms for senior programming, and a public outdoor garden, followed by a landscaped shared terrace on the second floor. The upper floors will hold 120,900 square feet of residential space. Typical apartments would measure 760 square feet.
Perkins Eastman Architects is designing the building.
Mill Brook Terrace is one of three affordable developments in the pipeline as part of NextGen NYCHA, the agency’s policy of leasing open space in NYCHA projects to private developers and partnering with them to build housing. The other two affordable buildings are headed for Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene and Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville, both in Brooklyn. NYCHA is leasing the land for the three projects for 60 years and requiring that the buildings remain affordable for at least that long, the Times reported last year. The trio of developments will create 489 below-market apartments for New Yorkers who earn between 20 and 60 percent of the Area Median Income.