Richardson Announces Kingsbrook Estates 266-Unit 100% Affordable Housing Development

December 11, 2019

Brooklyn, New York – Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson (D-Brooklyn) announced that Kingsbrook Estates, a 266-unit affordable housing development, will be built in Central Brooklyn. The project, when complete, will house 266 apartments in three buildings with units affordable to a range of income levels.

“I believe that every New Yorker deserves a safe and decent place to call home,” Assemblywoman Richardson said. “Residents of Central Brooklyn pay approximately half of their total household income on rent alone – compared to 32 percent of household income statewide. Real affordable housing, that matches our Neighborhood Area Medium Income (NAMI), like Kingsbrook Estates, is critical to maintaining Brooklyn’s affordability. We welcome this project and real solutions that address our affordable housing crisis.”

The plan for Kingsbrook Estates is part of the $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn Initiative to transform Central Brooklyn with a new integrated approach that addresses social, economic and health disparities.

The development will also provide access to health and wellness classes; vocational training and employment skills development; physical activity programs and integrated care. Kingsbrook Estates will also include a therapeutic garden, outdoor exercise equipment, children’s play areas, outdoor kitchens and grills as well as an indoor teaching kitchen.

Additionally, the development will provide a nurse's station with on-site services and counseling space, fitness, activity, and community rooms, lounges, laundry rooms, and bike storage. Free Wi-Fi will also be provided in residential units and throughout the campus. One Brooklyn Health System and Kingsbrook Estates will also provide all-inclusive care for the elderly in the development's 7,000 square-foot PACE Center. These services will be available to residents of the development and the surrounding community.

The development will include a host of energy efficiency strategies such as Enterprise Green Communities Certification, addressing more than three times the energy savings requirement. The Project will also meet the standards of the ENERGY STAR multifamily high-rise program to satisfy Climate Bond Initiative requirements and will include solar photo voltaic panels and green roof systems on the buildings.

"We are strongly committed to transforming the lives of Central Brooklyn's residents. Kingsbrook Estates is a game changer and should set the precedent on the type of development that is needed in our community. I look forward to working with the winning developer and I want to thank Commissioner Visnauskas and the team at New York State Housing Community Renewal who worked diligently to ensure this project reflected the community's priorities. I also owe a great deal of gratitude to the residents of the 43rd Assembly District who helped to shape this project by adding their voice at our monthly Civic Minded meetings."