The Norma — Brooklyn, New York

Date: 2022
Status: In Progress
Category: Affordable Housing, Civic
Size: 80,000 s.f.

NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development has announced the selection of the Norma, an 11-story, 100% affordable home ownership project designed by Leong Leong with Almat Urban and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

The Norma (named in honor of Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first African American woman to pass her license exam to officially become an architect in both New York and California) will give rise to 44 homeownership opportunities through a mix of 1- to 3-bedroom condo-style coops for low- to moderate-income households with a broad range of affordability.

Under the plans, the Brownsville Multi Service Wellness and Health Center will operate a new urgent care facility on the ground floor, providing services for adult medicine, pediatrics, physical therapy, OB/GYN, mental health and dentistry among others. A community terrace on the second floor will create space for community building, resident organizing and activities. Additionally, the building is designed to comply with Passive House energy efficiency and sustainability standards with a fully electric mechanical heating and cooling systems.