Construction of a 64-unit senior housing complex in Bed-Stuy's old Mars Fudge and Fruit Company parking lot is starting this month, after funding was secured on Wednesday.
IMPACCT Brooklyn, which is behind the development, said the four-story complex at 811 Lexington Avenue would include 63 units for senior housing and one for a super.
The apartments are reserved for low-income seniors, all of whom will receive rental subsidies, the organization said. As part of the project, 20 units of the building's stock will be set aside for seniors at risk of homelessness.
The complex -- a $36 million in affordable senior housing in Bed-Stuy -- is being built in collaboration with the Northeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventists (NCSDA), which owns the 15,500 square foot lot.
IMPACCT Brooklyn Real Estate Development Director Robert Jefferson said it was extremely important to create new affordable housing for seniors in the community.
"I am looking forward to the next twenty-eight months of construction and the day when the last resident moves in," he said.
The building will include a multi-purpose community room, laundry room, office and parking spaces for 20 vehicles for church use.
A feature of the building will be the 503-square foot roof level recreation room, which opens onto a landscaped roof garden. The planned green roof and garden will include a terrace with an overhead pergola to provide shelter for residents and a structure for growing plants, and seated areas, a patio and paths.
IMPACCT Brooklyn Executive Director Bernell Grier said despite the COVID-19 pandemic, IMPACCT Brooklyn was able to work with its various partners, "to make sure that we forged ahead in our commitment to ensuring our most vulnerable — seniors at risk of homelessness — have a place to call home."
Construction is scheduled to be completely in September 2023. For more information on leasing and how to apply for housing at 811 Lexington Avenue — IMPACCT Senior Residences, visit IMPACCT Brooklyn's website.