In September 2016, the second phase of the City’s Livonia Corridor redevelopment initiative, L2, broke ground in East New York. This four-building development flanks the elevated subway line and creatively mitigates sound, light and air issues inherent in its challenging site configuration. The mixed-use development consists of 4 sites with a total of 238 units of affordable and supportive housing, community facility space, retail space and parking.
The core of the design responds to the strengths and challenges of Livonia Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The buildings are oriented and shaped to mitigate the effect of sound and vibration from the elevated train. The residential open spaces are located above the commercial and community facility spaces so residents can look above the tracks and storefronts can engage the Avenue. The buildings allow tenants to take advantage of a transit-oriented development.
In contrast to the residential units which are designed to create privacy, the commercial space engages and enhances Livonia Avenue. With large glass storefronts and signage allowing both subway riders and passersby to take notice, all of the commercial spaces spanning the four sites, have a uniform design creating a connection through branding.
The development is designed to meet LEED Silver.