Low-Rent, Senior Housing Planned for Bed-Stuy Brooklyn

Studio Libeskind released three renderings depicting their design for an affordable housing complex in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The 10-floor apartment block will be constructed in the Sumner Houses estate in the northeastern Brooklyn neighborhood.

The architecture firm designed the masterplan for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center, but this building will be its first to be built in New York City. Construction is scheduled to begin sometime in 2020.

The design for the new building is part of a greater, city-wide effort to create affordable rental units for senior citizens on land owned by the New York City Housing Authority. The plan is called Housing New York 2.0’s Seniors First.

The design is strikingly modern, with white angular forms cutting across the building. It will hold 197 residential units on 10 floors, all for “extremely low, very low, and low-income individuals” during the entire period of the 99-year lease. A 10,285-square-meter community center will be built on the ground floor facing out towards Marcus Garvey Boulevard.

“I am extremely grateful and inspired by this opportunity to contribute to the Bed-Stuy community,” said architect Daniel Libeskind.

“I believe I can speak for our entire team that our goal is to serve the senior community by creating homes that give a sense of civic pride and create more much needed affordable housing in New York City,” he added.


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