Monsignor Anthony J. Barretta Apartments

Monsignor Anthony J. Barretta Apartments

Architect
RKTB Architects, P.C.
Location
2356 and 2374 Atlantic Avenue, 2353 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA | View Map
Project Year
2013
Category
Apartments
John Bartelstone
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Flooring, Linoleum Forbo Flooring Systems
Doors, StorefrontKawneer
Kitchen CabinetsArmstrong Building Products
Exterior Siding,StoneA. Jandris & Sons
ManufacturersAERCO
Tubs and SinksAmerican Standard

Product Spec Sheet
Flooring, Linoleum
Doors, Storefront
by Kawneer
Kitchen Cabinets
Exterior Siding,Stone
Manufacturers
by AERCO
Tubs and Sinks

Monsignor Anthony J. Barretta Apartments

RKTB Architects, P.C. as Architects

Developed under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP), the Monsignor Anthony J. Barretta Apartments prove that afford­able housing can be both well designed and contextual. Completed in 2013 at a cost of $185 per square foot—well below the average for affordable hous­ing—the 69,877 SF project was made possible through a consortium of public and private organizations in partnership with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR).


With the belief that a safe, afford­able home is essential to providing sta­bility to society’s most vulnerable popu­lation, Catholic Charities, in partnership with Community Preservation Corpora­tion (CPC), proposed transforming some of its underutilized land to help satisfy the need for housing in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. The buildings were constructed on land acquired from the Brooklyn Archdiocese where the con­vent and school of the Church of Our Lady of Loreto once stood. The church itself is still standing.


One of the project’s challenges was that the available parcels were not all adjacent. RKTB’s solution was to base the housing complex on the firm’s in­novative affordable infill prototype it developed in 2001. A total of seven proj­ects representing over 400 affordable apartments utilizing the prototype have been completed to date. The Msgr. An­thony J. Barretta Apartments is the most recent.


The Msgr. Barretta Apartments were designed as a sustainable project, complying with NYSERDA guidelines with the intention of obtaining a LEED rating. A key design element is the one central, glass-enclosed stair, located in the front of each building that elim­inates the need for an elevator. Con­ceived as an extension of the street, the visual connection between the stair and the street below also promotes a sense of security. The stair gives access to two apartments per floor on four floors, allowing for each apartment to have two exposures to promote cross-ven­tilation—another energy/cost-saving feature that leads to savings during the warmer months. Careful materials se­lection also helps keep costs low.


As with all of the earlier infill proj­ects, the Msgr. Barretta Apartments have garnered acclaim from members of the community, sponsoring city agen­cies and tenants. The project proves that affordable housing can provide a pleasant, socially acceptable place to live while serving as a strategy for re­newing urban neighborhoods. Within the first week of the project’s opening, over 5,000 families applied for the six­ty-four apartments that were awarded through a lottery system—eight of which were designated as Section 8 for very low-income tenants.


Material Used :

1. Bathroom Cabinets: Rynone

2. Toilets: Caroma

3. Sinks: Gerber

4. Tubs and Sinks: American Standard

5. Cooktop: G.E.

6. Countertops: Rynone

7. Doors: K-D Frame & Door Corp., Kawneer

8. Exterior Siding,Stone: A. Jandris & Sons

9. Exterior Siding, Cast Stone: Steindlcast Stone

10. Exterior Siding, Brick: Watson Town Brick Co.

11. Flooring, Ceramic Tile – Daltile

12. Flooring, Linoleum - Forbo

13. Garage Doors: Sure Iron Works

14. Garage Operable Gate: International Gate Devices

15. Split AC – Goodman

16. Boilers – AERCO

17. Hotwater Heaters: Hubbell

18. Hardware: ASA Abloy Door HW

19. Insulation: Owens Corning

20. Kitchen Cabinets: Armstrong

21. Kitchen Fittings: Delta

22. Kitchen Fixtures: Elkay

23. Lighting Fixtures: Seagull, Lightoiler, Mercury, Kim

24. Oven / Range: G.E.

25. Paints/Stains/Wall Finishes: Benjamin Moore

26. Refigerator: G.E.

27. Windows: Crystal Windows

28. Storefront: Kawmeer/Pac-Clad/SAF

29. Wrought Iron Fence: Sure Iron Works

30. Laundry Room: Kenmore

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