Situated on a 28-acre site at the edge of New York City, BDC Redevelopment is an ambitious master plan that transforms a decommissioned state psychiatric hospital into a wellness-oriented resilient urban development designed to address the chronic social, economic, and health disparities in a historically underserved area. The design emphasizes multiple scales, to foster a sense of ownership and belonging and encourage healthy activities and neighborly interaction. The new 2400-unit community is based on a “15-minute neighborhood” model which includes the lively Gateway Mall, a supermarket, neighborhood retail, a future public school, and a major health clinic. BDC Redevelopment emphasizes the connections between economic and physical health through an ambitious urban farm program that will employ local residents. That business will extend to a “Meals on Wheels” food prep and distribution center, and open-air markets. Adjacent to Betts Creek and Jamaica Bay, the site abuts a coastal ecosystem of marshlands and maritime groves. The planning fully integrates long-term environmental resiliency. The campus will include over 6 acres of open space, including bioswales, farmland, and other measures to absorb water and control erosion. The project is expected to resist rising sea levels, 500-year storm events through the end of the century. Based on all electric powered designs and built to Passive House standards, the residential buildings will generate minimal operational carbon and take advantage of on-site renewable energy through photovoltaics and geothermal wells buried under the central park space.

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