Affordable & Supportive Family Housing at Van Dyke

Organization Name: CAMBA Housing Ventures, Dattner Architects

Project Title: Affordable & Supportive Family Housing at Van Dyke

Project Location: Brownsville, Brooklyn

Project Description:
Situated on the NYCHA’s Van Dyke Houses campus and developed by CAMBA Housing Ventures, this $56MM new mid-rise LEED Gold building provides 101 units of sustainable, permanent affordable and supportive housing with landscaped areas, and on-site CAMBA social services provided for all tenants. Completed in 2017 the 12-story building includes 44 one-bedroom and 57 two-bedroom units; a computer training center, two flexible community rooms for group activities, laundry room and roof terrace. Van Dyke provides affordable housing for households earning under 60% of AMI and families and with special needs; 30 units are for formerly homeless families; 25 HDC lottery units and 45 units for families on the NYCHA Site Based Waitlist. The “L” shaped building distinguishes the new development from the surrounding NYCHA “bar” buildings and creates a transition between the street and the Van Dyke campus. A dramatic curved corner provides the building with a strong visual identity and recreates the street frontage, providing a gateway to the NYCHA Van Dyke campus. The building features sustainable elements to conserve energy, reduce environmental impacts, and promote the health of residents.

Community Impact:
• Awarded through a competitive RFP, Van Dyke transformed a 11,562 SF underutilized NYCHA parking lot into 101 units of sustainable, permanent supportive and affordable housing, providing $56MM in public/private investment.

• Achieved NYSERDA, Enterprise Green Communities and LEED Gold accreditation. Conserves energy, reduces environmental impacts, and promotes long-term health of residents and the building’s future operations.

• 30 homeless families transitioned successfully to permanent, independent living. Provided economic development for NYCHA residents; CAMBA committed to 25 NYCHA hires over 5 years; 134 hires achieved to date.

• Hired 103 Brooklyn residents during construction, including 8 CB residents; nearly $1.5 million awarded to MWBE firms. Over $7 million in contracts to Brooklyn contractors/subs and $1 million of materials purchased from Brooklyn vendors.

Organization Description:
CAMBA Housing Ventures (CHV) mission is to develop sustainable, energy-efficient buildings that provide safe and affordable housing for low-income and formerly homeless families and individuals CHV has developed 2,062 units to date, representing $628 million in public/private investment and worked closely with NYCHA to provided much-needed affordable housing on an underutilized NYCHA parking lot. A leading designer of sustainable, affordable housing, helping to shape and rejuvenate urban neighborhoods, Dattner Architects led the project’s design team.

Team Members:

CAMBA Housing Ventures, New York City Housing Authority, Dattner Architects, Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Steven Winter Associates, Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architecture

    Street view from Mother Gaston Blvd

    Entrance and lobby with landscaping and art

    Side view of Van Dyke and NYCHA playground

    Residential units, amenities, Shona sculpture

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