Coney Island Commons is a partnership project by three CHPC board members – architect William Stein and developers Andrea Kretchmer and Larry Hirschfield. 196 rental apartments for low and middle income families and a YMCA community center will be built by The Kretchmer Companies, ELH Mgmt. LLC and Galaxy Contracting Corp and designed by Dattner Architects.
Coney Island Commons is mixed use development which will include affordable housing and a community center operated by the YMCA of Greater New York.
The project will contain 196 rental apartments for low and middle income families. The YMCA will provide South Brooklyn residents with much-needed recreational and community facilities.
The project is an important component in the renaissance of the fabled Coney Island neighborhood. The residential portion will consist of two buildings – 9 and 12 stories – with a mix of studios, one, and two bedroom units. The buildings frame a landscaped courtyard on the roof of enclosed parking and a portion of the YMCA. The parking provides 106 spaces for residents and the YMCA.
The YMCA includes an aquatic center with lap and family recreational pools, a full court gymnasium, fitness and multipurpose rooms, organized along an interior, sky-lit main street. The glazed façade of the community center admits abundant natural light into the facility, while creating an “iconic” identity for the project which expresses the spirit of Coney Island.
The project is participating in the NYSERDA Multi-Family Performance Program. Sustainable design elements conserve energy and promote healthy living for residents and the community. Strategies include energy efficient mechanical systems, water conserving fixtures, extensive use of natural light and lighting controls, and use of recycled, regionally manufactured materials. Roof areas will feature “green” roofs planted with natural grasses and native wildflowers.
Financing sources for Coney Island Commons are expected to include tax-exempt bonds, Low Income Housing Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits.