100 Percent Affordable Housing Development Breaks Ground

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Council Member Donovan Richards announced the groundbreaking of a 100 percent affordable housing development in Far Rockaway on Friday, June 1. The development, being called Beach Green Dunes II, will bring 127 affordable apartments to very low-, low- and moderate-income households. The building is adjacent to the Beach 44th Street A-Train subway station and two blocks from the Rockaway Beach boardwalk.

There will also be approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, 50 parking spaces for residents, and outdoor space featuring a play area for children.

The eight-story building will be passive house-certified with ultra-low energy costs thanks to a geo-thermal cooling and heating system and will be built with resilient design features to prevent flooding and storm damage. Beach Green Dunes II is a continuation of L+M Development Partners’ commitment to the community of the Rockaways, following the restoration of the Arverne View complex after Superstorm Sandy. Completion is expected in December 2019. This is the second phase of the Beach Green Dunes; the first phase was unveiled in 2017.

“The groundbreaking of Beach Green Dunes Phase II signifies the revival of the Edgemere community and the continued investment coming into the Rockaways,” Richards said in a press release.

Resilient design features are a key component to the Beach Green Dunes II project and are crucial to neighborhoods severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy, Sanders and developers say. For example, there will be no residential units on the ground floor and the building will include wet and dry flood proofing to help prevent flooding and quick recovery from any flooding that does occur. Additionally, the building’s residential areas are designed to prevent molding from flooding, and the ground-floor commercial space will include floodgates and waterproofed walls. Finally, the entire site, including paving, is designed with permeable surfaces to handle floods, as well as extreme “king tides,” which happen seasonally in the Rockaways, flooding streets for a portion of the day.

The Closed Loop Geothermal System is a central aspect of the energy-efficient design, with heating and cooling systems standing in for typical boilers and cooling tower equipment. Constant low groundwater temperature enables apartments to be cooled at substantially low cost throughout summer. The building will feature the largest geothermal system in the Rockaways and ease costs for residents and building management. Additionally, the building will include solar panels on the roof and over the parking area, and bioswale gardens at its base to treat and retain storm water.

The total development cost for Beach Green Dunes II is approximately $53.8 million. 

Richards was joined at the groundbreaking ceremony by L+M Development Partners, Triangle Equities, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

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