Brownsville, in eastern Brooklyn, is one of the few places in the five boroughs where the city still owns plenty of vacant lots. One of those properties is about to be put to good use as supportive housing. The city has filed plans for an eight-story, 71-unit development at 214 Hegeman Avenue, at the southern edge of Brownsville near Canarsie.
Those plans call for 36,173-square-foot community facility, which would house a non-profit institution with sleeping accommodations. The building permits don’t specify what the building will become, but it’s likely a homeless shelter, rehab facility, or a form of long-term housing for an at-risk group, like the formerly homeless, young people leaving the foster system, or people struggling with mental illness. Typical units would measure just 500 square feet, which means that they’ll all be studios.
The cellar will have a computer room, laundry and a recreation space, and each floor will hold six to 10 units.
Dattner Architects, among the most prolific designers of affordable and supportive housing in the city, is listed as the architect. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development is the developer.
The city has owned the 3,800-square-foot lot since 1968. It sits between Mother Gaston Boulevard and Watkins Street, a few short blocks from the New Lots Avenue stop on the L train. The 3 train is about seven blocks away, at Junius Street and Livonia Avenue.