Affordable housing development launches at 13-12 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, Queens

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Elected officials and developers recently gathered to celebrate the start of construction at 13-12 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, Queens. Designed by Urban Architecture Initiatives and developed by BRC and Camber Property Group, the eight-story property will feature a mix of 147 highly affordable units, 100 accommodations with supporting services, tenant facilities and a community facility.

The building will debut as Beach Channel Apartments and is expected to open in January 2025. The mix of units will consist of 125 studios, 9 one bedroom apartments and 13 two bedroom apartment units. A total of 88 studios will be reserved for former homeless people, who will have access to on-site supportive studios. The remaining units are designated for households earning 30 to 60 percent of median income (AMI).

“Providing shelter to our community’s most vulnerable residents can be a launch pad for their success, and it must be done through the lens of justice,” said Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, NYC Majority Chair. “As the New York City housing crisis reaches a tipping point, this development of new housing, much-needed community space and comprehensive services provides my community with important resources that will help continue the renaissance of Downtown Far Rockaway.”

Renderings show the facade composed of cream, gray and brown cladding set atop gray brick at the base. To maximize efficiency, the structure was designed to Enterprise Green Communities standards and will include Energy Star appliances, water-saving fixtures, low-VOC finishes, coated windows, and premium insulation and roof coating materials.

Amenities include a flexible common room for meetings and events, a laundry room, bike storage and a social services program room. Renters also have access to outdoor recreation spaces. The common room, not yet specified by the project team, will occupy 1,239 square feet of the ground floor.

“With so many families and individuals suffering from chronic and mental illness, the public health crisis we face is across the board,” said Khaleel M. Anderson, Member of the State Assembly. “We must expand the supportive housing model in an equitable and responsible manner, while prioritizing comprehensive social and health services. Residents will also benefit from structured programs to ensure the most vulnerable New Yorkers have a safe environment in which to live.”

Total construction costs are estimated at approximately $97 million and were funded by Citibank, Freddie Mac and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

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