Marcus Garvey Apartments

Multiple Addresses

Number of Units:


Property Size:

612,000 SF


Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP

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 cost was 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.


2017 ESNA Innovation Awards

Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn awarded the 2017 ESNA Innovation Award for Distributed Storage.

Building Brooklyn Award for Historic Preservation

The 2017 Building Brooklyn Award for Historic Preservation is presented to Marcus Garvey Apartments.


L+M’s Innovative Approach Clinches ‘Owner of the Year’

L+M executives share how their work is grounded in social responsibility.

Read More


Read More

New Brownsville Training Program Preps Residents for Construction Careers

Residents at Marcus Garvey Apartments graduate from a 16-week program that teaches them new skills in carpentry, framing and electrical work.

Read More

Brownsville Community Justice Center Celebrates Construction Training Program Graduation at Marcus Garvey Apartments

Graduates of the sixteen-week program learning construction trades and building a community clubhouse will receive free job placement assistance and help entering apprenticeship programs.

Read More

Enel X Conjures the Future at Brooklyn Microgrid

The state-of-the-art microgrid at Marcus Garvey Apartments may be an indicator of where the electricity market is going.

Read More

Brownsville Farm at Marcus Garvey Apartments Opens Healthy Cafe

The new cafe provides local residents with fresh produce grown directly on the farm run by Project EATS.

Read More

Innovative Power System at Marcus Garvey Village Apartments is a Model of Urban Resiliency

The energy efficient microgrid system is the first of its kind for a multifamily residential development in New York City.

Read More

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Project EATS & Urban Farming in Brooklyn

Read More

Project EATS Urban Farm Brings Produce and More to Brownsville

Housed in a former parking lot within L+M’s Marcus Garvey Apartments complex, the farm grows organic produce and provides nutrition-based programming and jobs for the local community.

Read More

L+M in the Community

L+M Development Partners is a double bottom line company, where its success is measured not only in financial returns but also by the positive impact it makes. Watch the video to learn more.


Award-Winning Microgrid in Brooklyn “REVolutionizes” the Electricity Market

A first-of-its-kind microgrid at the Marcus Garvey Apartment complex combines two of New York City's energy initiatives: increased use of renewable energy and improved energy consumption and efficiency.

Read More

L+M Development Preserves 625 Units in Brooklyn

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

Brooklyn Housing Development’s New Microgrid Marks NYC’s 1st Lithium Ion Battery Project

First lithium battery used under NYC's new fire saftey code installed at Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn.

Read More

Tackling New York’s Rising Power Demand With an Affordable Housing Microgrid

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 to Deploy Battery Storage System for Advanced Microgrid at Apartment Complex in NYC

Demand Energy will be implementing a lithium-ion charged multi-resource microgrid at the 625-unit Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn.

Read More

News12 Brooklyn: Shipping Container Becomes Community Center in Brownsville

Brownsville Community Justice Center opens their clubhouse to the neighborhoods and residents of Marcus Garvey Apartments.


Brownsville Community Justice Center and L+M Development Partners Celebrate Opening of Youth and Community Clubhouse at Marcus Garvey Apartments

Plan for "Clubhouse" Made from Redesigned Shipping Containers was Developed by BCJC Youth Participants and Residents of Marcus Garvey Apartments.

Read More

Youth Clubhouse Opens in Brownsville Lot To Provide Safe Community Space

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

PHOTOS: New Urban Farm in Brownsville to Host Harvest Festival This Weekend

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

L+M Buys Brownsville Portfolio for Nearly $100M

L+M Buys Brownsville Portfolio for Nearly $100M.

Read More