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January 23, 2020

City’s, State’s First LEED Platinum Affordable Housing Development Unveiled
by Linda Collins (, published online 07-27-2010
Tenants Already Moving in to 49-Unit South Slope Complex

By Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

SOUTH PARK SLOPE — The Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) unveiled its newest development project at 575 Fifth Ave. in south Slope with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.

The event celebrated the completion of what is the first LEED Platinum certified supportive affordable housing project in the city and state, according to Michelle de la Uz, executive director of the FAC.

“FAC is extremely proud to be celebrating the completion of this model affordable, supportive housing project and to welcome the residents to their new home,” said de la Uz. “575 Fifth Ave. embodies FAC’s core mission and values promoting an inclusive society, where everyone regardless of economic status, age or disability, is able to live with dignity and respect.”

A number of elected officials attended the ribbon cutting, including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and local council members Brad Lander and Sara M. Gonzalez.

“As a former Fifth Avenue Committee executive director and advocate for affordable housing, I have long been an advocate for supportive housing complexes such as the one that we are opening here today,” Lander said. “Buildings like these provide safe, affordable homes to people who need them, and can help to enrich the structure of the surrounding neighborhoods.”

De la Uz said tenants of the 49-unit complex have already been moving in.

As previously reported in the Eagle, the development provides permanent rental homes for formerly homeless individuals, senior citizens, youth who have aged out of foster care, and a variety of low-income adults living with special needs.

It also offers onsite supportive services so that residents can live independently. These services are operated by the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS).

The project, developed with Amie Gross Architects and C&A Contractors, was awarded the 2010 American Planning Association’s NY Metro Chapter Paul Davidoff Award for Leadership in Housing and Equal Opportunity.

Built on the site of a city-owned parking lot, the building also has ground floor retail space. which has been leased by Kumon Learning Centers, offering math and reading programs for children.

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