The Bridge Breaks Ground on Bridge Rockaway

Categories: New York City, Groundbreakings

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On May 19th, The Bridge, together with Mega Contracting and Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center (GMDC) gathered to celebrate the literal groundbreaking for a groundbreaking new development -- Bridge Rockaway - that combines 174 affordable apartments including 87 supportive with manufacturing space for up to 12 local nonprofit businesses. 

Bridge CEO Susan Wiviott emceed the event noting the street homelessness crisis the city is currently facing and pointing out that “in two years, where we’re all sitting  right now, there will be a very large building that will provide 87 units of supportive housing to people very similar to those living on the streets today.” 

GMDC CEO Brian Coleman congratulated all the partners for their dedication in bringing this unique project to fruition, noting that there will be nearly 40,000 square feet of space to nurture up to 12 nonprofits doing light manufacturing.


Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso congratulated the partners on the experiment the project represents, stating his hope that the development would spur similar innovations – combining housing and job creation -- going forward.

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas spoke about the wealth of opportunities Bridge Rockaway will create for the Brownsville community.

Dana Greenberg of NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance pointed out the OTDA had provided “first money in” to Bridge Rockaway, giving the project credibility.

City Planning Executive Director Edith Hsu-Chen talked about the project’s many innovations and said it pushed the boundaries of what we can do.

HPD’s Brendan McBride said, “people said they wanted affordable housing, supportive housing, jobs, and light industrial space, and that’s precisely what Bridge Rockaway will provide”. He pointed out that one of the project’s unique features is its combination of housing funding from both the City and State --  through its NYC 15/15 Initiative and the State’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.

The project will include two residential towers with an 11,000 square foot rooftop garden as well as a community garden, a computer room, a community kitchen, a multi-purpose room, bicycle storage, 24/7 front desk coverage and laundry. Services will be funded by both ESSHI and NYC 15/15.

Funding from the project came from HCR, OTDA, US Small Business Administration, NYS Empire State Development, NYC HPD, NYC Industrial Development Agency, NYC Neighborhood Capital Corporation, Capital One, Chase, Citibank, Enterprise Community Partners, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, LISC NYC, National Grid, NYC Acquisition Fund, Partnership Fund for New York City and The Richman Group. Mega Contracting is the general contractor and Think! Architecture and Design is the architect.

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