Chestnut Commons is the 2023 Multi-family/Mixed Use winner of the Metropolis Planet Positive Award! This awards program recognizes design for a regenerative and equitable future. Judged by four expert juries across project types, regions, and product categories, award winners represent “the highest achievements in design that addresses climate change, ecosystem health, human health, and equity.”
Chestnut Commons is an innovative and community-centric Passive House development that provides 275 critically needed affordable apartments to formerly homeless and low-income households in the Cypress Hill section of Brooklyn. This project is part of the East New York Neighborhood Plan and delivers on the commitment to provide meaningful affordable housing that allows residents to stay within their community.
A model for sustainable development through its community-centric approach, and in its Passive House systems and detailing, Chestnut Commons exemplifies an innovative affordable housing model. Projects such as Chestnut Commons provide not only urgently needed affordable housing for those that need it most, but a deep commitment to environmental equity by utilizing a building type that is both highly energy efficient and resilient.
Developed and operated in conjunction with local organizations, Chestnut Commons supports the neighborhood with economic development and educational opportunities, arts programs, and job training services. Programming includes a Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union branch, a café, and a kitchen incubator.