Noel Pointer Court – 790 Lafayette Avenue

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2013 – Total Development Cost: $9.2 million

Named in honor of the late Brooklyn-born jazz violinist, Noel Pointer Court is a 23-unit, new construction, affordable housing project located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The building contains 17 two-bedroom units and 6 one-bedroom units, all built with care and featuring energy star appliances. The building employed green building best practices wherever possible, such as a green roof, bamboo floors, water conserving fixtures, low volatility paint, energy efficient lighting, and landscaping using drought-resistant native species. One of the key amenities for residents in densely populated central Brooklyn is the spacious rear yard with benches, lawn, and shade trees.

The new 3-story housing development was constructed on a combination of private and formerly City-owned land and totals 24,039 square feet. Fourteen units are reserved for families earning no more than 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) and the remaining nine units are reserved for families earning no more than 60 percent AMI.

The Noel Pointer development was part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP), a multibillion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers by the close of the 2014 fiscal year. The project was financed by HPD, HUD, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), NYS Dormitory Authority, Federal Home Loan Bank of NY, National Equity Fund, and TD Bank.

IMG_9251The development is named after the late Grammy-nominated and Bedford-Stuyvesant resident, jazz violinist Noel Pointer. Born in Brooklyn in 1954, Pointer’s talent as an artist was first noted when he performed Vivaldi with the Symphony of the New World Orchestra at the age of 13. As a teenager, Pointer established himself as a master of his craft while performing with several orchestras and Broadway shows. Noel went on to top the Billboard charts with seven solo albums including All My Reasons and Direct Hit, which were nominated for Grammy Awards. Pointer received special recognition from the United States Congress, the US Congressional Black Caucus, the African National Congress (ANC), and numerous other civic and private organizations. He was an advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the United States Information Agency (USIA). Pointer died of a stroke in 1994 at the age of 39. The Noel Pointer Foundation and the Noel Pointer School of Music in Brooklyn continue Noel Pointer’s legacy of musical literacy and enrichment.

“I am very happy that Bridge Street Development Corporation has decided to name their newest project in honor of my husband,” said Chinita Pointer, widow of the musician and executive director of the Noel Pointer Foundation. “Noel was a son of Bedford-Stuyvesant and he would be so proud to know that his name lives on not only through his musical legacy and the Noel Pointer Foundation, but also a building that will provide affordable, safe homes to low-income families in his old neighborhood.”