HPD, CPCR & East Brooklyn Congregations Celebrate New Affordable Housing

New York Nonprofit Press

July 16, 2012

The Community Preservation Corporation Resources (CPCR) and East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC) celebrated the completion of Madison Putnam, a new $15.3 million, 48-unit affordable housing development for low-income families in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn last Thursday. This project was completed with financial support from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and PNC Bank, N.A.

“Today we celebrate building a community. These seven new buildings stand on what were formerly empty lots. Because of the dedication of CPCR and EBC, along with the support of our partners, 48 families and individuals have an opportunity to live in an affordable home in a newly vitalized community,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “We remain committed to strengthening the neighborhoods of New York City and are grateful for partnerships that make developments like these possible.”

Madison Putnam was built on seven previously vacant, City-owned lots. Consisting of 13 one-bedroom, 27 two-bedroom, and 7 three-bedroom rental apartments among seven buildings, Madison Putnam is affordable to families below 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), or $49,800 for a family of four. In addition, 10 units will be affordable to families below 40% AMI, or $32,040 for a family of four.

“We are proud to add the completion of Madison Putnam to our 38-year history of providing communities throughout New York State with safe and affordable housing and stable neighborhoods,” said Rafael E. Cestero, President and CEO of The Community Preservation Corporation. “As we embark on the new phase of CPC, not only will we continue to pursue novel ways to develop and finance affordable housing, but also continue to be steadfast in our commitment to quality, affordable homes for New Yorkers. We are thankful to our partners for their vision and proud to have supported them in this project.”

The project was designed by RKT&B Architects using CPCR’s infill housing prototype—an efficient, cost-effective prototype that is designed specifically to fit R-6 zoning, which is prevalent in residential neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The buildings are four-story walk-ups with floor-through apartments. Each building has access to a rear garden reserved for residents’ use.
Financing for Madison Putnam includes a $1.74 million conventional first mortgage and $8.24 million bridge loan construction mortgage from PNC Bank, N.A. Additionally, the project benefitted from a $1.7 million permanent loan from the New York City Pension Fund, which will go to the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York and the New York City Police Pension Fund upon delivery, and is insured by SONYMA. In addition, HPD provided $1.8 million in subsidy and has allocated 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the project, valued at $11.6 million; PNC Bank, N.A. served as the tax credit investor.

“Nearly 30 years ago,” said the Reverend David K. Brawley, Chairman of EBC and Senior Pastor of St. Paul Community Baptist Church, “EBC and Metro Industrial Areas Foundation walked these streets—which were then filled with vacant lots and abandoned and burning buildings—and responded to a challenge as old as the Scriptures. The Old Testament figure Nehemiah, when faced with the burned-out walls of Jerusalem, did not cringe or flee. He summoned his followers by saying, ‘Come, let us rebuild these walls and be rid of the reproach.’ In 1983, we broke ground for the first of what would 4,425 affordable Nehemiah homes – 1,100 in Brownsville, another 1,100 in East New York, nearly 700 more West of Pennsylvania, and a final phase of 1,525 units in Spring Creek, where we have already completed more than 245 units. Today we continue the rebuilding of our neighborhoods through the opening of Madison Putnam Development.”