Massive ‘urban village’ in East New York weaves through public review


A Brooklyn megachurch pastor’s longtime vision of an “urban village” in East New York is approaching reality, with the Christian Cultural Center’s Innovative Urban Living plan now snaking its way through the city’s formal public review process.

The urban village would see 1.7 million square feet of new development in eleven buildings on the CCC’s 10.5 acre parcel at the northwestern tip of Starrett City, which adjoins the megachurch that, with 32,000 members, is one of the largest Christian parishes in the city. Developers hope to build 2,050 apartments, ground-floor retail including a grocery store, greenspace, a trade school, a performing arts center, and a daycare, along with 900 parking spots.