215 Unit Affordable Housing Coming to Brownsville on Rockaway Ave With Union Labor Involvement

RiseBoro Community Partnership, a non-profit, is partnering with Slate Property Group to build a 215-unit affordable housing project in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

The project will be located at 326 Rockaway Ave, which is the site that housed Liberty Electric for many years. The location was taken over by Colonial Electric some years back, and is on the corner of Rockaway Ave. and East New York Ave.

The project is proposed to be an 160,000-square-foot building that will include 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and community facilities.

There will be units set aside for households earning below 60 percent of area median income, with half the units being supportive housing, offering on-site social services for young adults who have aged out of foster care.

The project will be 14 stories, but no official plans have yet to be filed with the city. According to the Real Deal the project will include a courtyard and 24-hour security. Construction is expected to begin next year.  The joint venture paid $8.4 million for the 38,000-square-foot site. The Corporation for Supportive Housing, a housing advocacy nonprofit, provided financing.

The developers said they intend to partner with laborers union Local 79, under a new affordable housing labor agreement. Once completed, building employees would be from service workers’ union 32BJ SEIU.