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.
The 29,000 square foot development site formerly contained a historic 19th-century school building, which was demolished in 2015 due to hazardous structural conditions.
In the early 2000s, archaeological excavation at the site identified the presence of human remains, indicating it was likely a burial ground for people of African ancestry. The human remains were transferred to the minister of the Reformed Dutch Church of Flatbush for reinternment in their consecrated cemetery.
The City has launched a Request for Proposals to develop the units and space, dedicated to educational and vocational training programs for youth. 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.”
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.”
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.”