Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Village is set to open in 2024
Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Village, a future 18-story, 330-unit affordable housing complex with an LGBTQ center, was originally slated to open in 2022. The pandemic, inflation, high material costs and labor shortages- and procurement have temporarily stalled the development, pushing back the planned opening date to 2024, according to Harlem native and developer Ed Poteat, president of Carthage Real Estate Advisors.
The mixed-income, mixed-use complex, named after the late Marcus Garvey, opened in November 2021 at 212-224 West 124th Street and Adam Clayton Boulevard. It will be 50% affordable housing and 50% market price housing. In addition to its residences, the 300,000 square foot building will include 3,200 square feet of retail space and 7,164 square feet of community space.
Applications will be accepted at the end of 2023, Poteat said.
“I’m so excited about Marcus Garvey Village because I think we have the right strategies,” Poteat said.
Marcus Garvey Village is an example of responsible gentrification, said Poteat, who doesn’t necessarily see gentrification as a bad thing for communities. If done right, Poteat thinks “it could be good for the community.” Poteat, who has worked on affordable housing developments in Harlem for 20 years, said it matters “who controls this change,” ensuring change “works for community residents” and “having strategies” to make sure the change works.
Gay City News previously reported that Carthage spearheaded the project after buying the former site of the Abyssinian Baptist Church for $27 million. Carthage secured $2 million from the West Harlem Development Corporation and an $80 million construction loan.
New York YIMBY reported that Carthage works with private investment clients, nonprofits and municipalities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Carthage is well known for developing over 1,500 affordable housing units with a total budget of nearly $350 million since 1999.
For the design, Carthage is working with Body Lawson Associates Architects and Planners, who are recognized as advocates for sustainable construction, adaptive reuse, renovation and rehabilitation projects, New York YIMBY reported.
The new planned opening date would not have been possible without the intervention of New York City Mayor Eric Adams to help move the project forward, according to Poteat.
Earlier this summer, LGBTQ residents of Harlem got their first glimpse of the new Harlem SGL LGBTQ Center, which will reside in the future Marcus Garvey Village.
Adams, the Elect and Poteat unveiled renderings of the future 20,000 square foot center on the ground floor of the complex during the 13th annual Harlem Pride on June 27.
Harlem “has become one of the hotbeds of New York’s black and brown gay community,” Poteat, an ally, said. ” I’m proud of it. We will provide housing for this community.
“I think Marcus Garvey Village has done a really good job of considering every part of the community,” Poteat said. “We really see it as an anchor for the community.
The building will include affordable and market-priced residences for individuals and families, a center that will serve as a one-stop shop for LGBTQ services, and a rooftop entertainment center overlooking Manhattan.
The center will include offices, a walk-in medical clinic, food pantry, programs including transgender and seniors specific initiatives; program rooms, a library with rare archives on LGBTQ history, and a cafe and lounge, according to Carthage media representative David Lozada.
“The Marcus Garvey Village project will honor Harlem’s history as a haven for the LGBTQ+ community and provide much needed affordable housing in the neighborhood,” a spokesperson for Mayor Adams wrote in a statement to Gay City News. “While there is significant work remaining, Mayor Adams is committed to seeing the project completed.”
The spokesperson added Adams “discussed the project with advocates at his LGBTQ+ Community Roundtable in March, and the administration is working hard to help make it happen for the community and the city.”
The Black and Latino LGBTQ Coalition, a collective of local LGBTQ organizations, is planning to roll out the program, Gay City News previously reported.
“We have been presented with a wonderful opportunity to create a one-stop hub and resource center for the largest LGBTQ population in the city,” said Carmen Neely, co-chair of the Black and Latino LGBTQ Coalition and co-founder and president of Harlem Pride. , Gay City News reported last year. “Our goal is to provide a safe and culturally competent environment in which to deliver programs and services that foster a sense of community for the city’s gay, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents, as well as their family, friends and allies.
“We just had good energy, good, good vibes,” Poteat said of LGBTQ leaders.
The coalition and the Harlem SGL LGBTQ Center did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Gay City News.
Poteat spoke proudly of the rooftop entertainment center.
“We have this rooftop cultural space that is really going to be phenomenal,” he said, calling it “a preeminent rooftop space” that overlooks Central Park; the Hudson, Harlem and East rivers, and Midtown Manhattan.
Poteat envisions the space will create an opportunity for emerging and established artists to perform for the Harlem community and visitors.
Poteat reiterated that Marcus Garvey Village is going to be a home for Harlem’s black and brown community, in general, and specifically, it will be “a home for the black gay community here in Harlem,” he said.
Affordable housing will be made available to residents through the New York City Real Estate Lottery.