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City Plans Affordable Housing for South Bronx, Brooklyn NYCHA Developments

 NYCHA is planning three different affordable housing developments at the Mill Brook, Van Dyke and Ingersoll Houses.
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NEW YORK — The city and developers are planning to build roughly 500 new units of affordable housing at NYCHA properties in Mott Haven, Brownsville and Fort Greene.

NYCHA and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development called on developers last summer to submit proposals for creating new affordable housing developments at the Mill Brook Houses in the South Bronx and at the Ingersoll and Van Dyke Houses in Brooklyn, and the agencies have now chosen the development teams for all three sites.

The West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing will construct the project at Mill Brook Houses, which will consist of 156 affordable apartments for low-income seniors aged 62 or older on the site of a parking lot.

The nine-story development, called Mill Brook Terrace, will include a new senior center with a commercial kitchen, a dining room and activity rooms, along with a rooftop garden and terraced walls, and the apartments are proposed for individuals who make between $12,700 and $38,100.

At the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville, the Dunn Development Corp. will build 188 new affordable apartments for families and individuals in a 13-story development featuring a walk-in urgent care center, a wellness center, a commercial kitchen and an exercise studio. Units are proposed for individuals making between $19,050 and $38,100.

Other ideas for the project, called Dumont Commons, include an early-childhood education center and afterschool boxing, dance, arts and technology programs.

At Fort Greene's Ingersoll Houses, BFC Partners will build 145 affordable apartments for low-income seniors featuring a senior center on the ground floor operated by the group Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders.

The center will be open to all seniors in the community aged 60 and older, and proposed programs include technology training and arts and culture activities. Apartments in the 16-story building, called Ingersoll Senior, are proposed for individuals making up to $38,100.

“The selected proposals are incredibly strong and reflect the community conversations we had with residents,” NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with residents, HPD and our development partners to see these plans take shape as part of the mayor’s long-term vision for more affordable housing in New York City.”

The projects are meant to advance Mayor Bill de Blasio's Housing New York Plan, which aims to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years, as well as NYCHA's goal to contribute to 10,000 of those units.

NYCHA residents will have preference for 25 percent of the new projects' units, and NYCHA will require the developers to provide stabilized rents for tenants.

The agency will also oversee the projects, require developers to train and hire NYCHA residents and retain rights to the land developed at each property.

Construction on the projects could start as early as next year and should take about two years to complete, meaning the buildings could be ready for people to move in by 2019, according to NYCHA.