Curtis + Ginsburg
Marcus Garvey Apartments is a 625-unit Mitchell Lama property, spread across nine city blocks, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. It was built in the early 1970s and received major attention at the time for its innovative urban planning approach to low-rise, high-density affordable housing. Elements of the design included duplex apartments with private backyards or terraces,mews and street units, and most apartments have private front doors that open onto a stoop or mews. Since L+M Development Partners acquired the property in December 2014,the complex underwent a complete renovation inclusive of façade panels and apartment renovations with new kitchens and bathrooms and updated energy efficient lighting.
L+M partnered with Bright Power for the financing and installation of a large solar panel array on the roofs of most of the buildings. The $190 million total development costwas financed mostly by Citibank and HFA tax-exempt debt through a back-to-back construction loan structure and tax-exempt equity from Wells Fargo. Given its location in Brownsville, Marcus Garvey is a key aspect of the Mayor’s Housing Plan and the L+M development team is working with the City to improve not only the Marcus Garvey complex but the surrounding area as well. The property was awarded the Building Brooklyn Award for Affordable Housing Preservation and the Affordable Housing Magazine Award of Excellence.
Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn awarded the 2017 ESNA Innovation Award for Distributed Storage.
The 2017 Building Brooklyn Award for Historic Preservation is presented to Marcus Garvey Apartments.
In addition to preserving long-term affordability, the L+M team installed one of the largest solar power arrays at an affordable housing development in New York State.Read More
First lithium battery used under NYC's new fire saftey code installed at Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn.Read More
Con Ed is investing in non-wires alternatives to meet energy needs -- including a new microgrid project going up in a low-income housing complex.Read More
Demand Energy will be implementing a lithium-ion charged multi-resource microgrid at the 625-unit Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn.Read More
Brownsville Community Justice Center opens their clubhouse to the neighborhoods and residents of Marcus Garvey Apartments.Watch
Plan for "Clubhouse" Made from Redesigned Shipping Containers was Developed by BCJC Youth Participants and Residents of Marcus Garvey Apartments.Read More
A youth and community clubhouse made from re-designed shipping containers takes over a vacant lot on Chester Street and Dumont Avenue in Brownsville.Read More
Project EATS, along with dedicated farm volunteers and workers, will host the first ever Brownsville Harvest Festival at the new urban farm across from Marcus Garvey Village apartments.Read More