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1921 Cortelyou Road rendering via Edelman Sultan Knox Wood 1921 Cortelyou Road rendering via Edelman Sultan Knox Wood
When word got out about plans to demolish the Baptist Church of the Redeemer, a nearly 100-year-old sanctuary at 1921 Cortelyou Road, in favor of a nine-story apartment building, the Flatbush community naturally protested. However, the church is a partner in the development of the new project with the Mutual Housing Association of New York. It concedes that upkeep of the old space is too high, stands to gain an improved space, and supports affordable housing for the neighborhood. Demolition permits were filed in February 2018, and the first renderings of the new building have been revealed.
1921-Cortelyou-Road-3 Building sketch
1921-Cortelyou-Road-4 Floor plan of division of church and residences
An energy-efficient design by Edelman Sultan Knox Wood will comply with Enterprise Green Communities. When the project is complete, there will be separate entrances for the church and residences. The church will get an improved new skylit sanctuary with classrooms, dining rooms, and offices in the cellar. Reclaimed elements of the original church, including pews and select stained glass elements, will be incorporated into the new design.
1921-Cortelyou-Road-5 Original church via PropertyShark
The 76 apartments in the new building will be divided among affordable housing, senior housing, and supportive housing. The supportive component will be provided by Turning Point and Brooklyn Community Services, which will offer educational, career training, and physical activities to multi-generational residents. The building will have support and activity spaces on the lower levels; amenities will also include a laundry room and two roof terraces. Further details, including those of a lottery, are not yet available.
1921-Cortelyou-Road-2 Model and sketches via Edelman Sultan Knox Wood

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