Union & Columbia

Project Manager/Designer
Robert M. Scarano Jr.
Completion Date
August 2003
Redhook, Brooklyn
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This new development is a mixed-use, 2-story and basement commercial and residential development. It is a light-gauge steel frame building, which includes (24) apartments, public parking and private areas, all contained in 24,000 square feet.

This project is a cornerstone in the evolving Columbia Street Corridor, which has created one of Brooklyn’s newest neighborhoods. It has diverted attention to this area of Brooklyn, and is assisting in the quick growth of the local residential market.

The site was a long vacant lot in a prominent corner location. This fact presented the opportunity to create a low-rise contextual building grouping, which attracted families and revived this previously blighted land.

The combination of masonry, stucco and stone distinguishes the site as an anchor building, which works with and enhances the adjacent existing neighborhood buildings. Its modest scale and bulk utilize all floor area, as a benefit of the New York City Quality Housing Program.

This Housing project has clearly created stability, which is evident in the high volume of new affordable housing projects being undertaken along the street frontages adjacent to it. This proves that momentum can be created and enhanced through distinctive design and high quality construction. Over 250 construction workers helped to achieve this successful housing project.