Crystal Tower

Organization Name: The Doe Fund, Inc.

Project Title: Crystal Tower

Project Location: Rogers Avenue the doe fundEast Flatbush, Brooklyn

Project Description:
Crystal Tower, the recipient of a 2020 New York City Brownfield Partnership Award, is an affordable and supportive building that provides critically needed housing and supportive services to several community populations in East Flatbush. Crystal Tower, conceived by Delacour Ferrara and Church Architects, consists of 123 apartments including a non-income restricted two-bedroom unit for a superintendent. The mix is a thoughtful curation of 70 studios, 22 one-bedrooms, 22 two-bedrooms and 8 three-bedroom units. Crystal Tower received Section 8 project vouchers from the New York City Housing Authority, (“NYCHA”) for 115 units; 41 of these units will be referred from NYCHA’s wait list, 74 units will be set-aside for formerly homeless tenants referred to the project through the New York City Human Resources Administration. (“HRA”) The remaining 7 units were eligible to community residents through a lottery conducted by The Doe Fund via NYC’s Housing Connect. Recently opened, the building is currently 93% occupied with over 20,000 applications received for the 8 three bedroom units.

Community Impact:
Crystal Tower is a joint venture between The Doe Fund and Crystal Manor, LLC, a local partnership among members of the well-respected and prominent Johnson family, local residents of the community. Kevin Johnson is Former President of the local Business Improvement District and has ties to several local politicians and Community Board 14.
Crystal Manor was formerly an auto repair and storage site. After a comprehensive investigation including soil, groundwater, and soil vapor sampling, the project was enrolled in the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation (NYCOER) Voluntary Clean-up Program (VCP). Remedial action was successfully completed at this property and as a result, was awarded The 2020 Big Apple Brownfields Award for Supportive/Affordable Housing

Organization Description:
Founded in 1987, The Doe Fund (TDF) is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization with a clear mission to develop and implement cost-effective and comprehensive programs that meet the needs of formerly homeless, economically disadvantaged, seniors, veterans, and incarcerated individuals. TDF currently has 4 supportive and affordable projects under construction in the Bronx and 3 projects in pre-development. In 2019, The Doe Fund was selected to the prestigious “Top 50” Affordable Housing Developer List by Affordable Housing Finance.

Team Members:

The Doe Fund
Crystal Manor, LLC
Delacour, Ferrara and Church Architects
KLK Development Consultants
Roux Environmental Engineering and Geology
Tim Flanagan Highlands

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