TBT – Brooklyn NY – August 2, 2020 — It was back in February 2017 when we first heard about 2x Grammy Award winning Gospel Recording Artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker, landing an $80 million deal with New York City. The deal would include a major project that would assist in helping low income housing and seniors own and have better living conditions built in the borough. The senior pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle in Brooklyn, New York said, he wanted his church to be a beacon of hope and by reinvesting into his community that was another way of doing that. “Church is about more than preaching and singing but also about meeting people’s most basic needs, right where they live,” says Bishop Hezekiah Walker. Fast forward to 2020 and that is exactly what he has done with the Hez House Apartments. Bishop Walker says, ”Construction is set to start this fall as we get ready to give back to the community, ultimately leaving a Gospel Legacy and Heritage behind.”
Love Fellowship Tabernacle (LFT), founded by multi-Grammy award winner Hezekiah Walker, has served families and individuals in the East New York and Brownsville communities since 1994. The Church emerged from his award winning choir and has helped thousands live fuller and stronger lives since its inception. Through the choir and church commitment to social justice and equality, both has helped many escape poverty, find and maintain employment, and experience an enhanced quality of life.
Hezekiah Walker along with the choir and church purchased the property that now stands vacant at 2435 Pacific Street a number of years ago and has been determined to use this space in a way that would best serve the long-term needs of the community and church. After a rigorous review process that included an analysis of different options, and with the feedback of local parishioners and other community stakeholders, Hezekiah Walker and LFT decided that developing an attractive modern affordable housing for area residents, as well as supportive housing for the less fortunate, would be the most powerful and consequential way to help the community. And because a contemporary, well designed building will be created on what is now a vacant lot, the blocks immediately surrounding 2435 Pacific Street will be enhanced as well.
Finally, the new building will be well landscaped and well lit, further enriching the streetscape and promoting safety and security, while the construction project and on-going service and building operations will provide good paying job opportunities for local residents.
LFT, Alembic and BCHS have formed a Joint Venture to develop the new 10-story building referenced above, with 236 affordable and supportive housing units, at 2435 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY. The proposed building will be mixed use in nature with 221,634 total residential square feet and approximately 7,000 square feet of commercial space. The cost of this project is totaling over 80 million dollars, slated to begin construction Fall 2020.
60% of the project’s will be used for supportive housing, with the remaining units set at rents affordable to low- and moderate-income households. Current financial underwriting models distribute the affordable units evenly between 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, and 80% AMI, though the final distribution of these AMI bands is being discussed with the local Community Board, Brooklyn CB 16, and will also be determined in coordination with City and State agencies.
SLCE Architects – widely respected for their attractive and efficient designs in the affordable housing field – have been selected as the project architects and have developed schematics for the site. A breakdown of the unit mix is below:
|Unit Type||# Units|
|Super’s Unit (2-Bedroom)||1|
Hez-House Apartments 2435 Pacific Street will feature ample amenities, and will including specific spaces for the supportive services that will be provided on-site by BCHS. Additional amenities include laundry facilities and a comfortable tenant lounge on every other floor, as well as a computer and reading room for tenants, a children’s playroom, a visiting and counseling room, a community room and community kitchen, a welcoming reception desk, bicycle parking and storage, and a lush outdoor landscaped patio and garden area.
Can we just all say, congratulations to the 80 million dollar man and the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church family.
Courtesy of www.thebellereport.com