The Rise rendering. Image courtesy of Xenolith Partners

Construction has started on The Rise, a $50 million fully affordable and supportive housing development in Brooklyn, N.Y. A partnership between Xenolith Partners, the Women’s Prison Association and the Brownsville Partnership is developing the project, while Magnusson Architecture & Planning PC will design the building.

The 72-unit development will provide wellness, health, legal and employment services, while featuring a climate-friendly design. The Rise was selected as a winner of the Buildings of Excellence competition by The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The building will meet LEED Gold and Passive House standards, while aiming to achieve a carbon neutral performance.

The Rise is part of the state’s Vital Brooklyn Initiative, complementing Governor Kathy Hochul’s goal to achieve 2 million climate-friendly homes by 2030. In the fiscal year 2023 state budget, the Governor successfully secured a $25 billion, five-year, comprehensive housing plan to increase housing supply. 

The property will offer fully affordable apartments, with 47 units set aside for criminal-injustice involved women and their families. The project also includes 10,000 square feet of green space, a rooftop farm and greenhouse powered by solar panels and managed by Project EATS. Common-area amenities will consist of laundry facilities, a community room, resident lounges, outdoor terraces, free Wi-Fi and bike storage.

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Supportive services offered by the Osborne Association and Women’s Prison Association will be available for all tenants at the community. These will include case management, job trainings and placements, legal assistance, as well as support groups for reentry transition and development of social and wellness skills. One Brooklyn Health will provide mental health services.

Located near the intersection of East New York Avenue and Strauss Street in Brownsville, the property will provide easy access to a variety of dining options, retail spaces and entertainment venues.

Project funding

State funding for the project includes Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits that will generate $21.1 million in equity, as well as $13.8 million in subsidy from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. Another $10 million is being provided by The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance through the Homeless Housing Assistance Program. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $1.2 million through the Buildings of Excellence Competition and the New Construction – Housing program. Pre-development and other financial support for the project was provided by The Community Preservation Corp. through its equity investing division, in addition to long-term permanent financing.

Since its launch in March 2019, the $40 million Buildings of Excellence Competition has awarded more than $31 million to more than 40 exemplary new construction projects. Its aim is to showcase how to cost-effectively deliver clean and resilient multifamily buildings. The Rise was selected under Round Two of the competition. The project has also received a Blue Ribbon for Design Excellence award from the Architectural League of New York.

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