Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilmember Mathieu Eugene have announced plans to develop 130 affordable homes with a community development space at 2286 Church Avenue in Flatbush on 29,000 square feet of land.
The proposed development site was formerly home to a historic 19th-century school building, which had to be demolished in 2015 due to hazardous structural conditions.
Also part of the property history is the evidence of an African burial ground. An archaeological excavation at the site in the early 2000s identified the remains of people of African ancestry. They were transferred to the Reformed Dutch Church of Flatbush for reinternment in their consecrated cemetery.
De Blasio said the plans demonstrated the city’s commitment to building inclusively and equitably.
“With 130 affordable apartments and educational and vocational training facilities, this project will restore this vacant historic site as a true asset for the surrounding Flatbush community.”
Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Louise Carroll said the department aimed to transform underused public sites into dynamic affordable housing to serve the broader needs of the community.
“We are excited to work with EDC and other partners to begin a new chapter for this long-vacant site via a mindful, community-driven planning process that respects its past.”
Councilmember Eugene said with the public health crisis, the city had to remain focused on its obligation to make affordable housing, education, and job training a top priority for the community.
“We know that there is an urgent need for housing equality in Brooklyn, and this project is a significant step in helping hardworking New Yorkers live comfortably while raising their families,” he said.
“We will also be assisting our young people, who are in a very uncertain predicament right now, and we need to take advantage of resources that will create an infrastructure to empower them with the skills and confidence needed to contribute to the future of New York City.”
The City has launched a Request for Proposals to develop the units and space, dedicated to educational and vocational training programs for youth.