Chestnut Commons rendering by Dattner Architects
Credit: Dattner Architects

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One of the first developments stemming from the East New York Neighborhood Plan, Chestnut Commons provides affordable housing for formerly homeless and low-income households. Developed and operated by locally-based organizations with strong community ties, Chestnut Commons will strengthen the neighborhood with the inclusion of economic development and educational opportunities, arts programming, and job training services. In keeping with the project vision for a healthy, sustainable, and affordable community, the 14-story building is designed to Passive House standards and in compliance with NYC Active Design Guidelines to promote healthy living for residents.

The architect-led tour through this sustainable, mixed-use development will also include insight from the locally-based organizations operating the building's many programs.


How does the combination of financial, cultural, and community capital enrich quality of life? The "Building Capital: Value of Place" series showcases places that play a vital role fostering community connections and local culture, telling the story of how the space was designed, built, and financed, how it’s being used, and how they contribute to the financial security and well-being of residents. Building Capital is the latest installment of OHNY’s Urban Systems program and is presented in partnership with Bloomberg Connects