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NYC HDC 2014 Annual Report Features Gateway Elton

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According to HDC president Gary Rodney, “We cannot approach housing production building by building or unit by unit; our vision is to work community by community and neighborhood by neighborhood.”

The Gateway Elton project is an example of this approach in action.

Gateway Elton is a multi-phase, mixed-income, new construction development, which is helping to revitalize the Spring Creek section of Brooklyn.

The site, which was deeded to New York City from the state, had been New York State owned swamp and landfill, much of it buried under decades of trash. In January 2015 partners HDC, HPD, The Hudson Companies Inc., Related Companies, and CAMBA/CAMBA Housing Ventures, cut the ribbon on 197 low-income apartments at Gateway I. Of these units, 40 are set aside for people transitioning to independent living from institutions operated by the New York State Office of Mental Health, with rent and case management support provided by Concern for Independent Living and PSCH. The same day, the partners also broke ground for 287 low-income apartments at Gateway III. Gateway I and III are both located on Elton Street, while 175 apartments are currently being leased at Gateway II, located on nearby Vandalia Avenue.

When complete, the three Gateway developments will have created 659 affordable apartments and 69,613 square-feet of new retail space. A childcare center is already complete. The neighborhood now has direct access via Essex Street to the busy Gateway Center mall, a short walk away, which counts Home Depot, Target, and BJ’s Wholesale Club among its numerous retail and restaurant tenants.

Aaron Koffman, principal of co-developer Hudson says, “We have been amazed and honored to witness the transformation of this area of Spring Creek from a 230-acre landfill to a thriving, diverse, and sustainable neighborhood with access to retailers, community organizations, and other amenities that will serve current and future hardworking New Yorkers.”

Gateway Elton represents a commitment not only to holistic neighborhood building, but also to green energy and design.

In addition to traditional sources of gas and electricity, Gateway Elton relies on an energy network that uses solar and cogeneration power to provide clean, sustainable energy to all its buildings. Gateway I has been accepted into the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Green Affordable Housing Program, and currently has the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on a multifamily building in New York State at 214,000 watts. All three phases of Gateway Elton are intended to ultimately produce more than one million watts of renewable energy. The project obtained an ENERGY STAR® building label and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] for Homes Gold Rating.

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