Coretta Scott King Senior Apartments is the first development initiative by the East New York-based Community Partners Commission Association to fill a need for affordable housing for senior citizens within the community. RiseBoro (formerly Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council) later joined the development team as co-developer. The building houses a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments, totaling 50 units with an on-site superintendent. Support services, including meeting spaces for programs run by RiseBoro are offered to the residents. Funding for this project was provided by the federally-supported HUD Section 202 program for elderly housing, HPD’s Supportive Housing Loan Program (SHLP), with grants from Senator John Sampson and Borough President Markowitz and gap funding from NYS HCR.
The long building façade along Jerome Avenue is subdivided into a series of contrasting bays of brick and EIFS that along with the setbacks complement the scale of the existing houses in the neighborhood. The building design allows for the community as well as the residents to take full advantage of the building’s resources. The Cellar has multiple community rooms for technology classes and programming and the first floor community room opens out to the rear yard. The adjoining parking lot is designed with features to allow it to host barbecues and outdoor events for the residents and surrounding community. The outdoor spaces have been designed to provide distinct experiences; a secluded gazebo area allows for introspection, a walking path and larger seating areas create the opportunity for interconnectivity and community development among the tenants, and garden plots for use by the seniors to grow vegetables or flowers.
660 Jerome Street, Brooklyn, NY
Community Partners Commission Association and RiseBoro
NYC HPD, NYS HUD
Ysrael A. Seinuk PC
Cheever Development Corp.
EPAC Building Consultants