FAC’s Sunset Ridge project in Sunset Park is underway. Located on the site of the former Zion Lutheran Church, this new 9-story building and its two adjacent townhomes will provide 84 new units of affordable senior housing, including 26 for formerly homeless seniors and five new universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) classrooms. JPMorgan Chase committed construction financing and is providing a LIHTC investment through Hudson Housing Capital. NYC HPD is providing subordinate reduced rate lending, and NYS HCR awarded the 9% LIHTC equity and is providing reduced rate financing for the UPK classrooms. Bruno Frustaci Contracting is serving as general contractor, and MAP designed the project. The project will include a variety of spaces to promote socialization and healthful living among the senior residents including a community room, roof deck and laundry/television rooms on each residential floor. On-site social services for the formerly homeless and other seniors will be provided by the Bay Ridge Senior Center.
All of the units at Sunset Ridge will benefit from a Section 8 contract. The adjacent two 63rd Street townhomes, built in the early 1900s along with those on the rest of the block, will be rehabilitated into 8 of the 84 apartments. The five UPK classrooms, which are being built out by the School Construction Authority (SCA) and comprise about 14,000 gross square feet, will allow the City to continue to expand UPK options for families with young children. To promote environmental sustainability, all the building systems will be electric (not gas) and there will be rooftop solar panels.