On October 1, Dattner Architects joined Pennrose LLC, RiseBoro Community Partners, New York City Housing Development Corporation (NYCHDC), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYCHPD), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York City Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr., and Red Stone Equity Partners to break ground on a new mixed-use residential development in East New York, Brooklyn.
Located within the recently rezoned Cypress Hills area of East New York, 50 Penn will provide 100% affordable housing, meeting the requirements of the City’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Program. Following the NYC Zoning Resolution’s FRESH program, the development will maximize the residential floor area to offer 218 rental apartments – 42 of which will be dedicated to formerly homeless and elderly households – and a health-foods grocery store at the ground floor.
The site for this nine-story multifamily building sits adjacent to the elevated J/Z Subway (to the north of the site) and the below-grade A/C Subway. A former industrial site, it was remediated through the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The sustainable project includes green roofs, rooftop photovoltaic panels, a highly insulated exterior wall system for energy efficiency, and landscaped outdoor space for the residents’ health and well-being.