Williamsburg LPC warehouse slated for affordable housing conversion

May 29, 2012 05:30PM

A developer willing to convert a Williamsburg warehouse that once held artifacts of old New York into 50 units of affordable housing is being sought by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, according to the New York Observer. The Landmarks Preservation Commission’s warehouse fell out of use last year and its contents were auctioned off. Now, as a part of the Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to add 165,000 units of affordable housing by August 31st, the 15,000-square-foot lot will host commercial or community space on the ground floor and 1,200 square feet of open space for future residents.

“The new apartments that will be created at this site will transform it from a forbidding façade into a resource of affordability for the neighborhood and provide safe, quality housing to hardworking New Yorkers,” Mathew Wambua, HPD commissioner, said.

When completed, the warehouse, located at 337 Berry Street, will house families making 80 percent of the area median income, or about $66,400 for a family of four. [NYO]