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    Housing in Bravest's name

    Housing in Bravest's name

    73 units dedicated to 9/11 hero


    Donning construction workers' hats and hefting shovels, relatives of Firefighter Vernon Cherry did him proud by breaking ground for 73 units of housing in Ocean Hill that will bear his name.

    Cherry perished during the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. At the time, he was assigned to Ladder 118 and Engine 205 in Brooklyn Heights. The 29-year veteran, known as Cowboy because of the rugged way he drove a rig, got his start in Ocean Hill.

    The new homes that will bear Cherry's name will be on Thomas Boyland St., just blocks from Cherry's first assignment at Engine 283.

    "This is so honorable," said Selena Cherry-Daniel, Cherry's oldest daughter, who came from Woodbridge, Va., with her four children for the ceremony.

    "My father was a firefighter out here in the 1970s when the buildings were going down [due to dilapidation]. He saw them burning. For a building to rise out of that - he'd be really honored."

    Homes for 218 families

    The $29 million project will provide homes for 218 families, said Peter Murray, vice president of Loewen Development. Each unit will have three apartments.

    The first floor plus half of the second floor will serve as a duplex for the owner. The second and third floors will be rental units.

    The homes will sell for $290,000 each. Construction is to begin at the end of the month, and the homes will be ready for occupancy in 2004, Murray said.

    Funding was provided by JP Morgan Chase, with additional money coming from government agencies lobbied by Assemblyman William Boyland (D-Central Brooklyn), Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Councilwoman Tracy Boyland (D-Brownsville).

    Scholarship set

    Cherry's memory also will be honored through a college scholarship established in his name, it was announced at yesterday's ceremony. Steven Brown, president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, said a $6,000-a-year Vernon Cherry scholarship will be given next spring to a graduating senior from central Brooklyn.

    Firefighter John Sorrentino, who worked with Cherry for 11 years, said that in the years to come, he is certain the children living in the new housing will ask who Vernon Cherry was.

    "Tell them Vernon was a true role model," Sorrentino said. "He always told us, 'Tomorrow is promised to no one. So, get out there and get busy living.'"

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    Development Is Named for Firefighter

    Development Is Named for Firefighter

    Vernon Cherry, a Brooklyn firefighter and wedding singer who died in the attack on the World Trade Center, never lived in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville section of Brooklyn, but 73 town houses going up there are to bear his name. "I was inspired by his story," said Peter Murray, a partner in Loewen Development, the developer of the Vernon Cherry Partnership Homes, which will be scattered over a five-block radius including Eastern Parkway, Bergen Street and Saratoga Avenue. "I knew his firehouse was in downtown Brooklyn and that he was a singer, so I thought it would be a nice thing to do."

    More than 1,000 people have submitted their names to a lottery, now closed, for buyers of the three-family town houses being built in what has been one of the city's most blighted neighborhoods. "This is the type of housing that will bring the area out of that, and the proof is in the number of applications we have gotten," Mr. Murray said.

    Those chosen to buy the houses will acquire properties designed to be reflective of the area's architectural past. "Round bay windows are a classic town house design in this part of Brooklyn, so we picked up on that and did an updated version," said Magnus Magnusson, the homes' architect. In another bow to tradition, the four buildings in the project that sit on street corners have sloped roofs coming to a peak four feet higher than the roof line. "That arrangement anchors the corner," Mr. Magnusson said.

    A joint venture of the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York City Housing Partnership, the houses are for people with incomes from $35,000 to $75,000. They are expected to cost an average of $290,000. Owners' units will be duplexes on the first floor and half of the second floor and will include a rear yard and unfinished basement. Each house will also contain two rental apartments, one on the second floor with one bedroom that is expected to fetch about $700 a month and a floor-through with two bedrooms on the third floor that will rent for about $900.

    Facades will be red brick with cast stone bases and fiberglass cornices. Funds for the $28 million project came from the state and city governments, J. P. Morgan Chase and Carver Federal Savings.

    Designing for modest budgets doesn't mean skimping, Mr. Magnusson said. "These houses will still be here in 100 years and kids are going to grow up here," he said.

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