Mixed-use development tops out in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood


Vital Brookdale, a new mixed-use residential development in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood, has topped out. The project includes 160 affordable housing units and approximately 25,000-sf of health-focused community space.

The project comprises studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units with 133 of the apartments reserved for households earning between 30% and 60% of area median income and 26 units earning 80% area median income. In addition to the apartment units, Vital Brookdale will also include resources that promote health and wellness, job training, outdoor green space, and opportunities for recreation.

A second-floor terrace and front and rear courtyards will include landscaping, a dog run, a play area, and active and passive recreation and seating areas. Additional amenities will include building-wide Wi-Fi, a multipurpose community room, a game room, a library/resident co-working space, a fitness room, a laundry room, cold-storage locker and package rooms, and a bike storage room.

In pursuit of Passive House Institute US + 2015 certification for the residential component, the project will include a 100kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system, high performance mechanical systems, insulation and windows, LED lighting, and low-flow water fixtures.

The Vital Brookdale project team comprises MDG Design + Construction, Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, The New York Foundling, Monadnock Construction, Dattner Architects, Skyline Engineering, DeNardis Engineering, Starr Whitehouse, and Bright Power.