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Brooklyn, NY

for the Pratt Area Community Council

Alphonse Diaz, working with Beth Cooper Lawrence Architect PC for the Pratt Area Community Council (PACC), restored the landmarked Gibbs Mansion and designed 71 units of new supportive housing at 218 Gates Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. 


A new 5-story building contains the new service-enriched housing units developed for low-income community residents with chronic illness and/or in need of mental health support. 


The restored mansion contains social services offices, a library and internet room, cafeteria, medical office, fitness center, workshops and meeting rooms for PACC programs.


A bridge connects the restored mansion and the new 5-story residential facility, providing tenants with direct and essential access to community space.


Construction of 218 Gates Avenue was completed by Bruno Frustaci Contracting in 2002, the complex opened in 2003, and in 2005 was awarded a preservation award by the Preservation League of New York State.

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