Affordable housing development breaks ground in Brooklyn


New York Construction Report staff writer

Construction is underway on a 232-unit affordable housing development in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Glenmore Manor is being developed by Glenmore Managers LLC which includes real estate company Brisa Builders Development, non-profit community developer African American Planning Commission Inc., and affordable housing owner-developer Lemle & Wolff Companies.

Think! Architecture and Design is architect of record for the project. The project cost is $175 million.

“Glenmore Manor and the B’Ville HUB offer a unique opportunity for community growth in exponential ways,” said Ericka Keller, managing member of Brisa Builders. “There could only be fantastic benefits to the community in reference to quality housing and economic empowerment through the various opportunities for entrepreneurship that the HUB will offer.”

“The Glenmore Manor will bring needed units of affordable housing to the community – particularly for low-income seniors,” Walker said. “The project also brings the promise of retail space on the ground floor, space for recreation and onsite services that will promote independent living.”

The first two floors of the building, the B’Ville Hub will offer approximately 20,000 square feet of community and commercial facilities that are dedicated to growing community wealth and creating opportunities and tools to support businesses.

Within the hub, the community-based federal credit union Brooklyn Cooperative will provide loan opportunities for new businesses and teach financial literacy courses.

“Brooklyn Cooperative’s mission is to offer affordable, accessible and high-quality financial services to our member-owners,” said Brooklyn Cooperative CEO Samira Rajan. “Brownsville faces a chronic lack of the services that we offer. For both individuals and businesses, building wealth is almost impossible when affordable credit and quality banking are scarce. We believe that a dedicated Brownsville branch will offer superior, locally-rooted and nonprofit financial services to build the wealth of this community.”

The site will be facilitating satellite courses from Medgar Evers College — Adult and Continuing Education (Brooklyn, NY) and Howard University (Washington, DC). The site was originally owned by HPD. The city sent out request for proposals for the project in 2017 and Brisa Builders Development LLC was awarded the site.

Glenmore Manor is also expected to include:

  • A publicly run radio station

  • A health and wellness beauty salon

  • A fitness center

  • A restaurant called Fusion East


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