Edwin’s Place will bring 125 new apartments for homeless and low-income families to Brooklyn's underserved Brownsville neighborhood. The eight-story building will provide 69 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units as well as 56 studios. 78 units will serve formerly homeless individuals and families, and 47 units will be set aside for low-income residents.
Edwin's Place was designed by the renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
At the corner Livonia Avenue and Grafton Street, the building will set back to accommodate the curve of the adjacent elevated New York City Subway tracks. A metal and glass curtainwall bay above the entry will provide a focal point to the south facade and light to the elevator lobbies. Shops will be incorporated into the ground floor to contribute to the developing Livonia Avenue retail corridor. The L-shaped building will cradle a sunken courtyard that will provide various outdoor amenities as well as light to lower level offices for social service staff, a fitness center, a computer lab, and meeting rooms. The upper floors will offer a variety of apartments ranging from 300-square-foot studios to 1,100-square-foot three-bedroom units, all designed to New York City Housing Preservation & Development standards. Pergolas will provide shade for a rooftop terrace.
The building will be clad in a blend of warm beige brick; brick sills and reveals will pick up the rhythm of older apartment buildings nearby. Edwin's Place will demonstrate Breaking Ground's dedication to sustainable and affordable development: the design features a robust yet economical structural system of precast hollow-core floor planks and reinforced concrete block walls; continuously insulated walls, triple-glazed windows, a green roof, and a photovoltaic solar array will contribute to reduced energy use.
The project is our first collaboration with the African American Planning Commission, Inc.