2023 Merit Award

Community Impact


Brooklyn, NY

Landscape Architect:

SCAPE Landscape Architecture

Project Team:

L+M Development Partners, Inc.
Apex Building Group
RiseBoro Community Partnership
Services for the Underserved (S:US)

Design Team
Dattner Architects (Prime)
Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Cosentini Associates

Photo Credit(s):

Rendering by SCAPE; photo courtesy Press Office of Governor Kathy Hochul


About the Project:

As part of Empire State Development’s Vital Brooklyn initiative, Alafia transforms over six acres of open space into a planned mixed-used development on the site of the former Brooklyn Developmental Center across from the Shirley Chisholm State Park in East New York.

Adjacent to Betts Creek and Jamaica Bay, the site abuts a coastal ecosystem of marshlands and maritime groves. Reflecting Vital Brooklyn’s mission to create spaces for holistic wellness in underserved Central Brooklyn neighborhoods, the design emphasizes spaces for active and passive recreation. Once completed, Alafia will bring over 2,400 affordable apartments to the neighborhood, including units for the formerly homeless, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and seniors.

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