Downtown Brooklyn residents face the change
Another side of Downtown Brooklyn is now overshadowed by the new buildings.
The Ingersoll and Whitman Houses are a large stretch of public housing, and the residents there have felt some disruption. They lost a grocery store because of development, and Mark Cruickshank, 45, wondered whether hoped-for new retailers would be affordable.
“There was a supermarket, deli. It was affordable,” he said.
Robert Worley, 39, was optimistic about the changes in the neighborhood. “They revamped this entire place,” he said. “It’s incredible what they’re doing.”
He also lives in the Ingersoll Houses. About $100 million in federal money was awarded to help renovate the buildings. The renovations are not without controversy, as some residents have been displaced.Worley said he is working with the city to introduce new energy efficiencies in the complex. That would fit in with the neighboring Toren, which was built with the latest eco-technologies, even a co-generation plant.