Atlantic Center nears completion.The Village at Atlantic Center, an affordable housing development in Brooklyn, moves into the final phase of construction, with the last 32 of the 139 three-family townhouses scheduled to be completed in 2001. In addition to being one of the largest single site NYC NYC
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According to Carl R. Meinhardt, FAIA FAIA Florida Association of Insurance Agents
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The development is part of the Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Area The Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Area (abbreviated as ATURA) is a section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, adjacent to the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Park Slope and Fort Greene, near the Atlantic Terminal train station. , located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, New York. The architect and the developer, the Hudson Companies, Inc., in association with Forest City Ratner Companies, worked with the New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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Each new home consists of an owner's duplex with two bedrooms, living and dining room, kitchen and bath, plus a large recreation/playroom in a finished cellar. A rear stairway leads to a private rear yard and parking. In addition, each home contains two large two-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors.
Project architect Joseph S. Aliotta, AIA AIA - Application Integration Architecture , noted that the challenge for this project was to use subtle changes in scale and affordable building materials to capture the feel of traditional townhouses while meeting the client's budget."
Added Meinhardt, "With most urban housing design, the issue is how to relate to the surrounding neighborhood. With this project, the development team was actually creating a new neighborhood. Our solution focused on how to relate this new neighborhood to the surrounding historic district, utilizing modest three-family homes with private yards and off-street parking."