Together at last! Developer wants to house below-market units, manufacturing in one Bushwick building

Home sweet home: Developers want to turn part of this Suydam Street factory into below-market housing. The other part will remain factory.
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This warehouse could soon be a ware-home.

Developers want to gussy up a working Bushwick industrial building and add a bunch of below-market-rate housing and even more manufacturers — and locals think the unlikely marriage could work for the community.

“I think the proposal is one that hits the mark — in terms of affordability as well as some of the manufacturing jobs that might be created,” said Nadine Whitted, district manager of Community Board 4, which heard the developer’s pitch last Wednesday.

Developers Type A Projects, Community Developers, and Cheever Development plan to build 79 residential units at the property on Suydam Street, between Irving and Wyckoff avenues, plus space for new manufacturing tenants, alongside the eight companies — including bakers, clothing designers, and furniture makers — it already houses.

The company would set aside 20 percent of the units for households earning less than around $40,000 per year, 30 percent for those earning between $50,000 and $86,000, and half of the units for those raking in more than $100,000 annually.

The plan is still in the fledgling stages, said a spokeswoman, but the developers may get tax breaks for the below-market units.

And if the City Council okays the mayor’s plan to mandate below-market-rate housing on rezoned land — a scheme Community Board 4 voted to approve on Wednesday — it would ensure half of the units stay permanently below-market, said Type A rep Annie Tirschwell.

The developers will still has to go through the city’s formal rezoning process as the property is not currently zoned for residential use, during which time it will come back to the community board for a vote.

Property owners are getting creative about where they shoehorn in so-called “affordable” housing — Woodhull Hospital in nearby Bedford-Stuyvesant is planning on renting out below-market units in a building that will also house mental-health patients.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

reject from Brooklyn says:
We don't need more housing in this overpopulated city. We need to maintain what little we have left of industrial to retain infrastructure within our city and the jobs for lower income people.

Stop catering to the affluent and maintain diversity.

You bought an industrial property, deal with it and make it work!
Nov. 23, 2015, 10:20 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
People like Reject, who fundamentally misunderstand what a city even is, ought to pick up and leave.
Nov. 23, 2015, 10:49 am
reject from Brooklyn says:
And Mr. Mike, do tell your infinite wisdom. How you feel the city somehow owes it's growth to hipsters like yourself. Trust fund babies living off the hard earned money of their parents only to spend it on developers that exploit your lack of money savvy.

Careful as when the well runs dry, you'll lack the skill even to sew your socks. So be nice to the little people now as they may still be willing to teach you a trick or two on how to fend for yourself.
Nov. 23, 2015, 11:19 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
This is great. Exactly the kind of mixed-use, live-work zoning Bushwick needs for the new hipster economy. Because the "industry" we're talking about is not yer mook lunch-box factory job. It's artisanal food or video production, or a frame shop, or yer avant-garde schmatta. And the kids are going to be pulling all-nighters there anyway. So they might as well live there. From a dump to a Shangri-la in 30 years. What a transformation. There you go, you're welcome, anytime. Abbra Shazaam baby.
Nov. 23, 2015, 8:44 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
We most definitely dont need anymore housing for people making over $40,000. What about everyone else making less than that? And i agree with reject, leave it industrial. Lets save the little bit of grittiest in bushwick because honestly, im pretty sick of these invaders thats been coming here teying to change things as if they've been here for the last 20 years.
Nov. 24, 2015, 12:39 am
Mike L from Kensington says:
I'm a Brooklyn native and you people talking about what a bad deal this is for the city should really take your heads out of your butts. Did you actually read the article or have comprehension problems? 20% is for households making under 40k. 30% for households making 50-75k. Then the rest at market rates. The rents will be invariably cheaper than your now insane rents that have gone through the roof all over Brooklyn. Plus they'll be adding jobs to a community that still has plenty of non hipsters living there. I'd love to live in Bushwick and more buildings like this would be my only chance. Get your facts straight cause you really sound like you have no clue what's good for NYC.
Nov. 24, 2015, 12:13 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Why only 20% for those making less then $40,000? It should be much higher because i dont think only 20% of people in bushwick want cheaper housing.
Nov. 24, 2015, 4:31 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
And another thing: what exactly are the income brackets for those making less then $40,000?
Nov. 24, 2015, 4:33 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Showa says:
And since when did y'all get in your heads that anyone owes you cheaper housing? Incredible. For what, because you been hangin' around? On crack and welfare at the same time? You shoulda done like the Chooch, and bought something decades ago. You snooze you lose. Shazaam baby. Abrakazoom.
Nov. 25, 2015, 7:37 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
The only place the city should be building affordable housing is in Brownsville. Affordable housing in NYC is abused by countless people who are gaming the system and getting into these buildings under false pretense. Look at the housing projects on the waterfront of lower Manhattan...count the number of big screen tvs you see in the windows and the BMWs, Mercedes and Escalades you see in the parking lots of the buildings. Enough is enough.
Dec. 1, 2015, 3:19 pm

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