As part of their mission to revitalize the Cypress Hills and East New York areas of Brooklyn, the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) acquired multiple scattered sites for low-rise affordable infill housing. On two of the three sites (Linwood and Jerome Avenues), they worked with a locally based modular housing manufacturer to minimize costs and neighborhood disruption. 18 units, each comprising a floor-through 2-bedroom apartment in a 3-story walk-up building, were factory-built by the CAPSYS Corporation in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and installed 5 miles away, reducing on-site waste and construction phase energy consumption.
The third site, on Van Siclen Avenue, was designed as a 4-story elevator building and used conventional construction techniques. All three sites feature sustainable materials and highly insulated envelopes, and use the same brick cladding with contemporary detailing. The project is unusual in its use of modular units on scattered infill sites within an established but struggling neighborhood, and in its combination of modular and conventional construction techniques.