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Fort Greene Adds Large Affordable Housing and Community Complex

Over 100 affordable apartments, and a large community space, is part of Hanson Place Community Plaza.

Hanson Place Community Plaza, a new affordable housing complex in Fort Greene, is now finished.

The $65.7 million, 104-unit building will not just have housing for residents, but will also provide a state-of-the-art facility for Hanson Place Church Support Corporation to provide services to the community, according to a news release. 

“Hanson Place Community Plaza, in our mind, is a great model for how governments can work hand in hand with the faith community to provide for our neighbors in need at a time when there are limited, affordable apartments,” noted Maria Torres-Springer, deputy mayor for economic and workforce development, during the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

The 13-story building offers affordable rent for a range of extremely low- to moderate-income households and incorporates green and sustainable design features in addition to amenity spaces, multiple terraces and spectacular views from the upper levels.

Additionally, the project participated in HPD’s M/WBE Build Up Program, which champions the participation of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises in the construction process. The building was designed by OCV Architects and built by Lettire Construction.

In addition to affordable housing, Hanson Place Community Plaza boasts 22,000-square-feet of community space, including an 8,000-square-foot commercial space anticipated to be used for health programming, and over 900-square-feet of space for Hanson Place SDA’s community impact ministries in Fort Greene, including a 250-person multi-purpose room with adjustable partitioning for versatility in space management.

The project was created through a partnership between Hanson Place Church Support Corporation (Hanson Place SDA), MDG Design & Construction (MDG), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Housing Development Corporation, Concord Management of NYCiti Community Capital and The Richman Group.