Hearing Planned For 66-Unit Residence at Cypress Avenue Site

Representative for WellLife (farmers PSCH) will be on hand to convince neighbors and Community Board #5 members to allow a zoning variance to build a 3-story, 66 unit residence for supportive and permanent homeless housing as well as nearly one third of the units for low-income eligible individuals.

Sherry Tucker (L) and Crystal John from WellLife (formerly PSCH)

Sherry Tucker (L) and Crystal John from WellLife (formerly PSCH)

Sherry Tucker and Crystal John representing WellLife, pictured here, will speak at the hearing, planned for 7:30Pm at Christ the King HS on Wednesday, November 14th.

The 45,000 square foot planned building at 80-97 Cypress Avenue will include 20 apartments as supportive housing for homeless or at-risk young adults or families with children, according to Tucker. One adult member of the household will have a mental illness or some other disabling condition. Another twenty units will be for seniors at risk of homelessness and also have a disabling condition, while twenty-five units will be designated as affordable, they say, for individuals from the community in an ‘affordable-housing’ lottery. Most of the units will be studio apartments.

They seek a variance in order to build their facility. They are asking for 20% more FAR than allowed, 19 parking spaces as opposed to the 22 that zoning dictates and they are seeking to build 38 feet high near the street line and just under 60 feet high at the setback.

The current building has remained unfinished for more than a decade. Richard Lobel, who is representing WellLife in the variance request maintains that they will demolish the current building in order to build the new one.

The current building on Cypress Avenue has been in disrepair for more than a decade

The current building on Cypress Avenue has been in disrepair for more than a decade

WellLife rendering

This is a rendering of the planned building.

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