MacQuesten Development celebrates Van Sinderen Plaza groundbreaking with partners EBHDC and Best Development

November 15, 2016 - Front Section
MacQuesten Development, LLC to celebrate the groundbreaking for Van Sinderen Plaza Shown (from left) are: State senator Roxanne Persaud; Ron Shulman, Best Development; rev. Kim Council, Berean Mission Baptist Church; Sherry Roberts, LDC East NY; Bill Wilkins, LDC East NY; Joy Simmons, office of assemblyman Barron; assemblyman Charles Barron; city council member Inez Barron; Joseph Apicella, MacQuesten; Rella Fogliano, MacQuesten; Keron Alleyne, office of assemblyman Barron; Susan Moro, Bank of America; Paula Roy Carethers, NYC HDC; Marcus Harris, office of Brooklyn borough president Adams.

Brooklyn, NY New York City officials joined with MacQuesten Development, LLC to celebrate the groundbreaking for Van Sinderen Plaza, a new project that will transform two vacant lots into a mixed-use complex.

The 155,000 s/f complex will include 130 affordable rental apartments and 20,000 s/f of retail and community space. Located at 679 Van Sinderen Ave. and New Lots Ave., the two-building complex is receiving funding from the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) through mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing NY: a Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan. MacQuesten is also partnering with East Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. (EBHDC), and Best Development Group LLC, an affordable housing consultant and development company.

The total development cost for Van Sinderen Plaza is $56.029 million. HPD provided $10.07 million in City Capital Funds and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. HDC provided $8.37 million in funding from their corporate reserves and $28.3 million in tax-exempt bonds. Borough president Eric Adams provided $500,000 in Reso A funding.

“The development of Van Sinderen Plaza will contribute to the revival of the East New York neighborhood by providing high-end, affordable housing units and expansive retail and community space that will benefit all Brooklyn residents. I would like to thank the City of New York, Borough of Brooklyn, HDC, HPD, EBHDC, Best Development Group and Community Board 5 for their leadership and support in helping us advance the housing needs of East New York,” said Rella Fogliano, president of MacQuesten Development.

Van Sinderen Plaza will comprise two seven-story buildings featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom rental apartments. The larger building, on Van Sinderen Ave., will feature 95,037 s/f of residential space, 17,341 s/f of retail space and 3,860 s/f of community space. The smaller building, on New Lots Avenue, will have 32,776 s/f of residential space, 3,931 s/f of retail space and 2,049 s/f of community space. There also will be 21 parking spaces available to residents of the two buildings.

The new development’s 130 apartments will be affordable to extremely low-, very low-, and low-income households. The apartments will include a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments. Income restrictions will include maximum income limits at a range of $19,050 - $50,750 for an individual and $24,500 - $65,250 for a household of three. All two- and three-bedroom apartments will feature two bathrooms. Tenants will only have to pay for their own electric. All apartments will remain affordable for 60 years.

“Housing New York isn’t just about housing, it is about neighborhoods.  The transformation of long vacant land into much-needed affordable housing and the creation of a thriving retail corridor represents a long-term investment in the future of a neighborhood that for too long has been underserved,” said Vicki Been, board chair of the New York City Housing Development Corp. (HDC) and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD). “HPD is proud to partner with M/WBE developers like MacQuesten that share our commitment to meeting the holistic needs of the communities where they work.  HPD thanks MacQuesten, Best Development, HDC, and all our partners for helping to building a more affordable New York City from the ground up.”

“HDC is committed to financing affordable housing projects that truly serve the needs of the community.  Van Sinderen Plaza exemplifies this mission, providing a thoughtful mix of affordable housing, retail, and community space within footsteps of the New Lots transit line in East New York,” said NYC HDC president Eric Enderlin. “I would like to thank MacQuesten Development and Construction, Best Development, Gluck Architectural Collaborative, Cornell Pace, East Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation, all of our project partners, our teams at HPD and HDC, and our elected officials, who from the start have held this transformative project to the high standard of planning and design that the East New York community deserves.”

“I am proud to have directed hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital funding to help make the vision of Van Sinderen Plaza a meaningful reality. The future of East New York is being built today, and projects like these are critical to ensuring that future is one in which families from low-income and middle-income households can reside and thrive,” said Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams.

“The East Brooklyn Housing Development Corp. believes that our partnership with MacQuesten will create a new blueprint for economic development and affordable housing,” said Bill Wilkins, director at EBHDC. “MacQuesten has shown sensitivity and understanding of the needs of East New York in design and project development.”

“Van Sinderen Plaza addresses the immediate housing needs of East New York with 130 large, affordable apartments and it has a direct transit link because it is across the street from the New Lots Ave. “L” train stop.  We could not have achieved this project without the true partnership of New York City’s agencies and elected officials.  New York City leads the nation in developing affordable housing with cutting edge financial partnership,” said Ron Schulman, founder of Best Development Group.

“MacQuesten’s Van Sinderen Ave. development is an important addition to the East New York community,” said Todd Gomez, north market executive, at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “The unique design of the project and its convenient transit oriented location will be a welcome driver of further revitalization in the neighborhood. As a leader in community development banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is committed to providing financing for affordable housing in growing communities across the U.S.  Our investment of over $47 million in debt and equity financing for this high-quality development is a great example of that commitment.”

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