NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) held a virtual community engagement “report-back” meeting to present the findings from the community engagement process for the Nevins and Third affordable housing development sites at 108-114 3rd Avenue and 153 Nevins Street. Development goals are approx. 125 100% affordable housing units between the two sites. One building is planed for senior housing and the other one for deeply affordable family units.
Community engagement strategies of the HPD were stakeholder meetings, outreach events and questionnaires. 86% of people who answered the questionnaire live on, work in or regularly visit the neighborhood. Most respondents stated that housing cost is a barrier to enter and stay in the neighborhood, and that deeply affordable housing is needed for Brooklyn residents. The ground floor spaces could be used for affordable childcare, pharmacy, general store that targets low income and working class, community center or multipurpose space according to the community feedback.
General feedback included questions about qualifying incomes and rents, building heights, unit sizes and amenities. Neighbors on the block had questions about light and shadow impact, potential impact during construction and stormwater management strategy.
The next step in the development process is the RFP by early 2024. It will take 5 to 8 years until the buildings are constructed and ready for move in.