The new 12-story, fully affordable building joins the New York City Housing Authority’s Van Dyke campus in Brownsville.
BROOKLYN, NY — Nearly 180 affordable apartments have officially come to the Van Dyke campus in Brooklyn, city officials announced.
The 12-story building — known as Van Dyke III — officially opened on Wednesday, bringing 179 permanently affordable apartments, a daycare facility, community health clinic and wellness center to Dumont Avenue.
The project transformed an underutilized plot of land at the New York City Housing Authority campus, found between Mother Gaston Boulevard and Powell Street.
“Van Dyke III shows what is possible when we put underused NYCHA land to work hosting housing and community facilities that support both NYCHA residents and the broader community,” Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been said.
The 100-percent affordable building includes 31 apartments specifically for NYCHA residents and 54 for formerly homeless residents from the surrounding area, according to city officials.
The development includes supportive services through nonprofit CAMBA, which will help with case management, trainings, referral services and community-building activities. Friends of Crown Heights will operate the daycare center and BMS Family Health and Wellness Center will lead the community health clinic and wellness center, officials said.
The building’s amenities include a computer lab, fitness room, tenant lounge, community room, accessible roof deck, package delivery room and outdoor recreational area with a new mural.
The city also upgraded the existing Van Dyke campus during the project, adding an updated basketball court with artwork designed by Sophia Dawson and painted by residents and other community members.
Here’s a look at the new building (photos provided by NYCHA photographer Leticia Barboza):