Navy Green Supportive Housing is a model supportive housing community comprised of 97 single-occupancy units for chronically homeless adults with mental illness, with onsite social services and a lively array of communal spaces. The building is the proud beacon of the Navy Green development - a 458 unit, mixed-use project comprising almost an entire city block between the Brooklyn-Queens expressway and the Brooklyn Navy Yard on land which once housed the Navy Brig detention facility. It was awarded to the design and development team in a New York City Housing Preservation & Development RFP in 2007. The project represents a true community effort in which the local Brooklyn non-profit developer and architect of the supportive housing engaged the local community with charettes during the planning process, whose results helped define the larger LEED ND master plan and the supportive housing building itself. The master plan is unique, in that it clusters four mid-rise towers (market-rate, affordable, and supportive) and low-rise market-rate multi-family townhouses around a central, shared communal ‘green’ which serves as an urban oasis with planted gardens, playground and seating in a part of the city where green open space is a luxury. The variety of housing types and demographics reflect the variegated fabric of New York City’s population and offer significant affordability with rental apartments to market rate homeownership opportunities. Navy Green Supportive Housing is integrated into a new and vibrant effort to revitalize a part of Brooklyn that had deep connections to the city’s historic maritime heritage and current creative industries, the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And in this case, the NGSH building has brought value and a source of pride to the development and surrounding neighborhood.
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