Urban Quotient

Livonia Green

Urban Design & Master Plan (Proposal)
Brooklyn, NY

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The goal of our team’s proposal is to remake Livonia Avenue into a corridor of healthy urban living and a model for the implementation of green infrastructure.  The four sites in the proposal would be developed around the idea of complementing 240 new units of affordable housing with varying scales of urban food production, renewable energy, stormwater management, climate resiliency, and civic place-making improvements that encourage physical activity and healthy lifestyles while enhancing the area for all.

The massing was arranged so that the four corners of the Hinsdale Street intersection with Livonia Avenue become a pedestrian and residential node at the center of the development.  In order to allow more light to the street and to provide some relief from the height of these buildings at the street wall, the residential bulk on the upper floors has been pulled back from the street at both Williams and Snediker Avenues. This creates single-story commercial storefronts with second floor terraces above. These terraces, when activated by commercial food production and small scale urban gardening or other recreational uses of the tenants, add to the vibrancy of the streetscape.

Our proposal sees the last site, a challenging site that is currently a “dead end” space at the intersection of the two train lines, as an opportunity for significant improvement in public infrastructure. Groundswell, a community-based arts non-profit in partnership with Covenant House, would propose a public art mural installation at the MTA Livonia L-Train station. The design team would also propose to DOT a paving change and speed bumps within 50’ of the intersection of Van Sinderen and Livonia, to slow down traffic and make this a pedestrian friendly area. The building at Site 9 is designed to work together with these improvements to make a new transit-oriented civic space that would serve as a punctuation point to the Livonia Avenue corridor and would help to truly revitalize the area.