The Domenech

Building Overview

Location 1505 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY   view map
Housing Type Permanent
Opened 2011
Units 72
Residents 40% homeless seniors with special needs. 60% low-income seniors (62 and older) in the Brownsville area
On-site Services Case management, recreational activities, self-sufficiency workshops, health and medical care coordination and support
Special Features
  • Green building: anticipated LEED silver certification, highly insulating translucent walls, high efficiency condensing boilers, low toxicity paints and materials, water-saving fixtures to reduce water usage by up to 40%, green roof
  • Community garden space
  • Library and computer lab
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Wheelchair access and other accommodations for individuals with limited mobility
  • 24-hour security
Project Cost $24 million

The Domenech is Breaking Ground’s first residence for low-income seniors, many of whom have a history of chronic homelessness. Located in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the seven-story building contains a mix of one-bedroom and studio apartments. 

The building is named in honor of Irving Domenech, a local resident and dedicated community activist who was a 19-year veteran of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Mr. Domenech was also a member of East Brooklyn Congregations, a local partner in the project, and was instrumental in organizing local support for the building. 

Breaking Ground coordinates on-site social services to assist residents in connecting with community resources, advocating for entitlements, and coordinating home care and medical services. Activities and support groups are also available. 

Map

View larger map in Google Maps

Virtual Tour

  • The Domenech exterior

  • Exterior courtyard at the Domenech