THE CULVER ESTATES PROJECT
In April, 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced plans to rezone a six-block area that will allow for the creation of several hundred new units of housing in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The re-zoning and designation of the Southern Brooklyn Community Organization (SBCO) to develop city-owned land for affordable housing, will create much-needed housing in a community where opportunities for residential development is restricted, as well as enable the expansion of one of Brooklyn's fastest growing communities.
Borough Park is a community whose population has grown by 15.6% in recent years while there has only been a 4.5% increase in housing stock. The Culver Estates site was formerly a right-of-way for the discontinued elevated railway. The 50' wide strip of largely undeveloped land, running along 37th Street in Borough Park, was being used for parking and storage. In accordance with the Mayor’s housing plan, the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) rezoned the six-block area to allow for future residential growth. In addition to the rezoning, two City-owned blocks were designated for the development of affordable housing, by SBCO.
The housing project will be located on 37th Street, between 12th and 14th Avenues. The design plans call for the development of 17 four-story structures, with one unit per floor, totaling 68 units. Eight buildings will be built on the block between 13th and 14th Avenues (Zoning Block 5300), and nine structures on the block between 12th and 13th Avenues (Zoning Block 5295). Each building will be approximately 40' x 40', and will provide two off-street parking spaces – one of which will be handicapped accessible.
Construction of Phase I - located on 37th Street between 12th and 13th Avenues is currently underway with an estimated completion date of December 2016.