Affordable housing and green space unveiled for Wallabout
by Andrew Shilling
Nov 05, 2013 | 797 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the Navy Green in Wallabout.
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the Navy Green in Wallabout.
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HPD commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas.
HPD commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas.
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Councilwoman Letita James
Councilwoman Letita James
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An underutilized 103,000-square-foot site that served as a naval prison until the 1940s is now a wide range of mixed-use and mixed-income development, bringing much needed affordable housing to North Brooklyn.

Navy Green, a five-building development at Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues in Wallabout, offers rental and home-ownership options for a mixed-income population. Approximately 450 new units of housing will surround a common green space.

City and state officials joined Navy Green developers Dunn Development Corporation and L + M Development last week at the development’s center green space to officially cut the ribbon on the first phase, a project nearly seven years in the making.

“There are few investments that we could have made that would mean more to any neighborhood,” said Department of Housing and Preservation Development commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas. “This first phase of the Navy Green development epitomizes a successful mutual effort by the community, developers, city agencies and investors to transform what was a derelict, industrial block.”

The first phase of the project includes 314 affordable rental apartments and housing units for low-income families in buildings at 45 Clermont Ave., 7 Clermont Ave. and 40 Vanderbilt Ave.

Construction on the final two buildings, one at 8 Vanderbilt Ave. and the Clermont and Vanderbilt Townhouses, is scheduled to begin in December 2013.

Navy Green is part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s multi-billion dollar New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP), a plan set out to finance 165,000 affordable housing units serving nearly a half-million residents by the end of fiscal year 2014.

Andrea Summers, a Navy Green resident since July 2012, has come along way from substance abuse and homelessness. Today, Summers is president of the Navy Green Tenants Association.

“I have strived to become a model tenant, and since moving to Navy Green, I have utilized the services provided to me, such as case management services, and all the recreational events held at Navy Green,” Summers said.

Councilwoman Letitia James noted the importance of bringing affordable housing to the neighborhood and offering those who are underserved a second chance.

“We all stand here in a common green, a green which recognizes the humanity of all people, regardless of income and race, geography, and it recognizes that we really are one when you think about it,” James said. “When you tear back these artificial barriers, all that we want is housing, good schools, safe environment and to make sure that all of our neighbors respect this community and own it.”

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