Macedonia Plaza affordable housing complex fully rented

By Madina Toure

The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development said the Macedonia Plaza affordable housing complex is completely rented and that a grocery store in the complex is scheduled to open within the next two months.

Construction of Macedonia Plaza, a mixed-use development at 37-08 Union St., was finished in fall 2014. Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 37-22 Union St., proposed the project.

The complex has 142 newly constructed affordable-housing units, a community facility space and a new retail space.

All the residential units are occupied with tenants who applied through Housing Connect, an HPD page where people can apply for housing. The complex also has an extra two-bedroom unit for an onsite superintendent. That apartment is not leased through Housing Connect.

The Tree of Life grocery store, the commercial tenant at Macedonia Plaza, will be located on the ground floor, an HPD spokeswoman said.

Construction is nearing completion, with the store expected to be open for business within 30 to 60 days, the spokeswoman said.

Macedonia Plaza was constructed on approximately 30,000 square feet of a municipal parking lot formerly owned by the city Department of Transportation.

BRP Companies, the developer, along with Macedonia A.M.E. Church and other partners celebrated Macedonia Plaza’s opening in June 2015. HPD Commissioner Vicki Been and Gary Rodney, president of the New York City Housing Development Corporation, were also present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 14-story, 161,760-square-foot building, whose development cost $49.8 million, has 27 studio units, 58 one-bedroom units, 55 two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units.

Twenty-nine units are affordable to households earning a yearly income as low as $19,063 and as high as $24,080 for an individual, or between $24,515 and $30,960 for a household of three.

The remaining 113 rental units are for households earning an annual income between $29,383 and $36,120 for an individual, or between $37,783 and $46,440 for a household of three.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.