Brooklyn’s new affordable housing development meets Enterprise Green Communities guidelines


New York Construction Report staff writer

A new affordable housing development with 121 apartments for New Yorkers aged 62 and older who need assistance to live independently has opened in Brooklyn. The affordable, energy-efficient development has community space for a health care facility and a food pantry.

The eight-story building was constructed on a parking lot. A 5,900 square-foot community space is designated for a health care facility operated by Interfaith Medical Center and 90 below-ground parking spots for medical staff. A food access assistance center managed by Hunger Free America located on the first floor will offer groceries to local community residents through SNAP and other food assistance programs.

Project amenities include a wellness center, an urban farm, a recreational terrace where residents can attend yoga or tai chi classes, community room and laundry.

The building’s design meets Enterprise Green Communities guidelines. There are photovoltaic solar panels on the main roof to generate electricity onsite, air-cooled heat pumps, bi-level LED lighting with occupancy and daylight sensors, and solar shades. Other energy efficient features include a low flow plumbing system with leak monitors, Energy Star appliances, and increased insulation throughout the building.

Developed by Federation of Organizations and CSD Housing, the $60 million building received $9.2 million in permanent tax-exempt housing bonds, $20.1 million in Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and $16.8 million in subsidy from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. NYSERDA provided $74,880 in NY Sun incentives to support the installation of the rooftop photovoltaic panels. An additional $28,000 in solar tax credits is expected.

“Herkimer Gardens is a prime example of how community-focused housing can serve both New Yorkers and the environment,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen Harris. “Some of Brooklyn’s most vulnerable adults can enjoy comfortable, supportive housing that provides access to the services they need, while saving money on their utility bills thanks to the newly installed solar panels supported through NYSERDA’s NY Sun program.”


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