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Community Development

625 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208
718.647.2800

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The Community Development Division develops and maintains affordable housing and community facilities to stabilize the neighborhood through construction and renovation of distressed or underutilized properties.

Current Projects

  • Cypress Hills Community School Permanent Facility project: Substantial renovation of a 52,000 square foot former industrial facility into the 400-seat permanent home of CHCS, a community-founded alternative public school. The building is now completed.
  • Cypress Hills Homeownership Initiative Project (CHHIP): Acquisition, rehabilitation and sales of formerly vacant 1-4 family homes to low income, first time homebuyers. Click here for information both in English and Spanish.
  • Renovation and maintenance of multifamily affordable rental housing: We have created and currently maintain approximately 200 affordable rental apartments in Cypress Hills and East New York with 300 additional units in development.
  • Vacant land development: We are working to construct affordable housing on vacant land parcels in our neighborhood.
  • Homeownership Opportunities: AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR SALE. Prices reduced! Click here for information. Click here for the Glenmore Grove Condo application! **We are still accepting applications, which will be placed on a waiting list. Special preference for residents of Brooklyn Community Board 5, and households with persons having mobility, visual or hearing impairments.**
  • Cypress Hills Verde: CHLDC has launched a new, holistic community development initiative called Cypress Hills Verde! The goal of Verde is to make the community a greener, healthier, more sustainable place to live for all of its residents. We envision a livable community with permanently affordable housing, energy efficient homes, businesses, and churches, safe and efficient transportation, access to nutritious, affordable food, and pathways to sustainable, living wage jobs.

    We are working towards this vision through energy efficiency retrofits and weatherization of local homes and LDC-owned properties, job training and creation for local youth in the emerging green economy, tree planting in streets and private yards, expanding gardens and open space in the neighborhood, improving food access through new gardens, grocery stores and farmers’ markets, conducting a neighborhood-wide planning process to redevelop vacant and underused lots into affordable housing, community centers, stores, parks, and gardens, plus many more projects in the works!

    To learn more about Cypress Hills Verde, click here

Recent Highlights:

    In 2010, we acquired a site to begin development of our neighborhood’s first senior housing development.

    Contact us regarding community development issues in Cypress Hills.