Release date: 4/7/2014
Submission deadline: 7/11/2014
Designation date: 12/4/2014
HPD announced the designation of Phase II of the Livonia Avenue Initiative to the development team of BRP Companies, HELP USA, the Local Development Corporation of East New York (LDC ENY), and the Community Solutions organization. The development team's plan includes four new mixed-use buildings with a total of 288 affordable apartments, and was the first to be financed under the City's Extremely Low and Low-Income Affordability (ELLA) program.
Phase II of the Livonia Avenue Initiative, officially titled L² by the development team, will be constructed on four parcels of vacant land referred to as Sites 6, 7, 8, and 9 with a combined area of approximately 71,700 square feet. The sites are located on Livonia Avenue and are bordered by Van Sinderen Avenue to the west and Williams Avenue to the east. The selected development proposal includes four newly constructed energy efficient buildings with a mix of affordable housing and commercial and community resources.
The buildings to be constructed on Site 6 and Site 7 will include a mix of large-scale retail tenants that will occupy commercial spaces between 6,000 and 10,000 square feet and serve as anchors as well as smaller retailers to provide a variety of amenities.
The buildings to be constructed on Site 8 and Site 9 will cater to community uses, including an 8,000 square foot commercial kitchen that will provide meals to HELP USA shelters throughout the East New York neighborhood and other neighborhoods in New York City. The program will also promote workforce development through its culinary training program and support the development of local culinary entrepreneurs by providing community kitchen/incubator space to non-profits and individuals for short-term and entrepreneurial activities. These activities will be conducted in partnership with the Local Development Corporation of East New York (LDC ENY).
Community services at this development will also include a partnership with the New Visions Charter High School who will lease and operate a Career Exploration Center (CEC) that will provide vocational training for approximately 120 students per week in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in the following areas: Computer and Technology Center to develop skills relevant to STEM fields; a Business, Management and Administration Center to facilitate business skills including in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.
The project’s architect will be Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC. The planned development will also include unique design features. The buildings will be clad in a combination of brick and metal panels for a modern design. The façade components above the ground-floor are to be angled to turn the apartment windows away from the train line helping to create greater privacy and varied views. The development also has several planned sustainability elements including: low-flow fixtures and Energy Star appliances in all apartments, photovoltaic cells on the roof. The development will have a no smoking policy. Planned amenities include a common laundry room and community room for each building, as well as play areas for children, outdoor space, and planted set-back roofs.
At the groundbreaking for Livonia Commons, the first phase of the Livonia Avenue Initiative, HPD released the RFP for Phase II, which called for developers to submit proposals for a new construction project in the East New York section of Brooklyn.
The project is the second phase of development in the Livonia Avenue Initiative, which aims to revitalize City-owned sites along Livonia Avenue in East New York and Brownsville. The Initiative seeks to transform the corridor into a vibrant mixed-use area by adding density and creating retail opportunities along Livonia Avenue while acting as a catalyst for future development, both public and private.
A pre-submission conference was held at HPD, 100 Gold Street, 1R, New York, NY on April 23, 2014 at 10:00am