On May 3, Dattner Architects joined CAMBA Housing Ventures, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Housing Preservation and Development (NYCHPD), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR), and partnering community leaders for the opening of CAMBA Van Dyke – a new affordable and supportive housing development in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Replacing an underused parking lot within Van Dyke Houses, the Dattner-designed CAMBA Van Dyke (also known as 603 Mother Gaston Blvd.) provides 101 units of affordable and supportive housing with 30 units reserved for homeless families and families at risk of homelessness. The 12-story complex offers a computer training center, an on-site laundry room, two flexible community rooms for group activities, an outdoor garden, a rooftop terrace, and on-site social services, including financial literacy, family services, healthcare access, and referrals to 160 programs and services across the city. Providing a gateway to the Van Dyke Houses campus, this development incorporates sustainable elements to conserve energy, promote the health and wellness of residents, and is LEED Gold-certified.
A model for NextGeneration NYCHA – a 10-year strategic plan to preserve and protect public housing for current residents as well as the next generation of New Yorkers – CAMBA’s 603 Mother Gaston Blvd. is the result of a forward-thinking public-private partnership that has resulted in sustainable, affordable, and supportive housing for local residents.
“[CAMBA Van Dyke] is proof that innovative ideas like building housing on underutilized public land are possible with wonderful public and private partners.” – Joanne Oplustil, President & CEO of CAMBA Housing Ventures
Now a community asset, this transformative project gives individuals and families the opportunity to create healthy, stable lives and provides services to help “break the cycle of housing instability once and for all.” Dattner Architects is proud to have a part in designing the future of affordable housing.