Brooklyn’s Culver El affordable housing development opens 20 years after planning began


The Culver El Affordable Housing Development in Brooklyn finally held its grand opening Sunday afternoon after 20 years of starts and stops along the planning and construction process.

Culver El Affordable Housing has been in development for over two decades with the process spanning four New York City mayors, and on Nov. 27 it was at last officially opened. The Borough Park development is designed to offer permanent affordable housing to low-income and middle-class families.

“My mother passed away recently, and she never complained,” state Senator Simcha Felder said at the grand opening. “I said to her once if you had to complain what is the one thing that aggravated her during her life and she said moving from apartment to apartment, not having a permanent place to live. I say if that was the only thing that my mother would complain about, what a wonderful, wonderful thing for you to be able to enable families to have a permanent place to live and to enjoy.”