Monday, June 2, 2014

$96M Affordable Housing Sequel Coming to East Flatbush

The former psych ward at the giant Kings County Hospital Center in East Flatbush will soon make way for a 293-unit affordable apartment complex. Located between Albany and Kingston avenues, the hulking structure - shuttered in 2008 - currently sits abandoned, but developer Camba Housing will raze it this summer to build Camba Gardens II, a $96 million sequel to its first effort, called Camba Gardens I, which opened last year.

The new residential development will transform a 97,000 square foot site into 293 units of LEED Gold affordable and supportive housing with facilities and amenities on the current G-Building site at Kings County Hospital Center. 

The building will be a 256,330-square-foot “U” shaped structure, ranging from 5 to 9 stories enclosing a courtyard facing CAMBA Gardens I to the east.

A roof-top solar panel system will provide at least 50% of common areas’ electricity needs.

The development will include multi-purpose spaces for social services, adult education, health services, indoor/outdoor recreation, and the arts. The project will participate in the Enterprise Green Communities Initiative, NYSERDA Multi-Family Performance Program and LEED for Homes program.

Camba Gardens I, which opened in October, is made up of two affordable rental buildings at 690 and 738 Albany Avenue, also the sites of former hospital buildings. They boast 209 apartments between them plus a patio, a green wall, and rooftop solar panels.

The 256,330-square-foot follow-up, designed by Dattner Architects, and built by Bruno Frustaci Contracting, will be equally green when it opens in the fall of 2016.

Camba Gardens II will house:

  • 175 Studio Apartments,
  • 28 one-bedrooms; 
  • 62 two-bedrooms;
  • 28 three bedrooms;
  • Basement facilities and services to help residents with their finances, job hunts, and medical issues
CAMBA Gardens Phase II is participating in the NYSERDA Multi-Family Performance Program, is sustainable and transit-oriented and is designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating and meet the Enterprise Green Communities/HPD criteria, the first comprehensive green building framework for affordable housing. 

This LEED-Gold, energy-efficient and sustainable development will feature CAMBA on-site services, 24-hour security, laundry rooms, computer/study room, two community rooms and well-appointed, non-toxic finishes.

CAMBA Gardens Phase II will provide both indoor recreational spaces and over 60,000 square feet of outdoor recreational and landscaped spaces, including a landscaped roof terrace, children’s play area, tenant gardening beds, walking paths and a Shona sculpture garden.

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