Governor Cuomo announces redevelopment plans for west side of Kingsboro Psychiatric Center campus as part of $ 1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn initiative
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the selection of the winning proposal for the 7.2-acre redevelopment of the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center campus in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The development will include 900 affordable housing units, extensive public green spaces, a full-size basketball court, urban agriculture areas, a greenhouse and a space dedicated to community empowerment programs. The $ 1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn initiative targets and invests in eight integrated areas, including health care and housing, setting a new standard for addressing chronic economic and racial disparities in communities most in need of Brooklyn.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the inequalities between communities at risk and in need of the state, including a basic need for safe and affordable housing,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through the Vital Brooklyn initiative, we are better meeting these needs by transforming underused land on the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center campus into a community-driven development that provides housing and programs to better serve those in need.” need, rebuilding New York better, fairer and stronger for all. ”
The more than $ 400 million project includes approximately 900 affordable and supportive housing units, as well as senior housing; home ownership opportunities; and two state-of-the-art homeless shelters, replacing the existing and aging shelters originally built in the 1930s. The development will create 3,700 construction jobs and over 200 permanent jobs for residents of the region. Project proposal achieves 30% toward New York State’s Leading Certified MWBE targets.
Amenities include free high-speed Wi-Fi, exercise rooms, a 10,000-square-foot grocery store, a 7,000-square-foot community center with computers, and classrooms for after-school programs and in-service training. workforce development, performance space and community empowerment programs.
Empire State Acting Development Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Eric Gertler said: “Governor Cuomo’s commitment to bold and comprehensive community economic development strategies like the Vital Brooklyn initiative provided a solid foundation for New York’s recovery from the global pandemic. The $ 400 million partnership created to develop housing, open space, community facilities and programs at the seven-acre Kingsboro site will provide thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs, while ensuring local and long-term economic progress for residents and businesses of the neighborhood in the heart of Brooklyn. “
RuthAnne Visnauskas, New York State Commissioner for Homes and Community Renewal, said: “Along with the historic economic disadvantages in downtown Brooklyn neighborhoods are equally long-standing health disparities. This new $ 400 million, 900 apartment development on the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center campus, part of Governor Cuomo’s $ 1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn initiative, offers us an unprecedented opportunity. continue to remove barriers to quality affordable housing and directly encourage the creation of stronger, healthier, more interactive and sustainable communities. This is how New York is leading the fight for equality, health, decent housing and opportunity. ”
In August 2020, Empire State Development – in conjunction with New York State Homes and Community Renewal – called for proposals to bring modern, versatile wellness-focused development to the campus of Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, one of the largest Brooklyn health facilities. The winning proposal presented the most comprehensive vision for this premier property in East Flatbush, with affordable housing and a reserve for permanent supportive housing units and shelter beds.
The redevelopment project will be led by Almat Urban, Breaking Ground, Brooklyn Community Services, the Center for Urban Community Services, Douglaston Development, Jobe Development and the Velez Organization. The design team includes internationally renowned Adjaye Associates and Harlem-based Studio Zewde. Jobe Development and Velez Organization are certified MWBEs.
Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz, Chairman of the Assembly Housing Committee, said: “This winning proposal addresses the urgent need for affordable, supervised and senior housing units and homeownership opportunities in one place, but it does something even more exciting – it creates community where social, recreational, educational, health care and other daily needs will be met. Developments like this demonstrate the importance of thinking broad and creatively as we work to fulfill our mission of creating more affordable housing in our state. “
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said: “The redevelopment of part of the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center will bring more affordable housing to a community in desperate need of it, as well as opportunities for healthier and greener lives. As someone who has long promoted the need to overhaul our local food system, I am especially happy to see that this project will include urban agriculture opportunities to connect people to healthy foods and activities. I thank the state for this partnership and look forward to continuing to advance the needs of Brooklynites living in underserved communities. “
Board member Alicka Ampry-Samuel said: “Housing is a human right and I thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing the inequalities within the system. Devoting this underutilized land to housing and community enrichment will benefit Brooklyn in countless ways. We are delighted to see these plans flourish in real time.
Brenda Rosen, President and CEO of Breaking Ground, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to work with New York State, the community of central Brooklyn and all of the elected officials involved in this truly unique community development project. The development of Kingsboro will contribute to the goals of the Vital Brooklyn Initiative by providing both public and private community spaces, a diverse range of housing solutions, support services and dynamic economic development uses to continue to strengthen the fabric. of the surrounding neighborhood. Our team is committed and looks forward to working with ESD, UNHCR and the community to bring this project to fruition. “
Revitalize downtown Brooklyn
Downtown Brooklyn has long suffered from divestment and marginalization that hamper the well-being of its residents. Residents experience significantly higher rates of health problems; limited access to healthy foods or opportunities for physical activity; and high rates of violence and crime. Central Brooklyn is also affected by large economic disparities due to unemployment, high levels of poverty and insufficient access to high-quality health care.
Today’s announcement is in addition to nine winning proposals that will advance the Vital Brooklyn Initiative’s commitment to creating 4,000 affordable housing units in downtown Brooklyn. Previous winners integrated social, medical and community services; recreational and educational opportunities; family accommodation; and apartments with support services.
About the Vital Brooklyn Initiative
Governor Cuomo launched the Vital Brooklyn Initiative in the spring of 2017 to address the range of disparities that affect Brooklyn residents and to create a new model of community development and well-being in Brooklyn’s most vulnerable communities. The governor then tasked each member of the Central Brooklyn Assembly to convene a community advisory board made up of community leaders, local experts, advocates and other stakeholders to consider the unique needs and opportunities of their districts. and to develop long-term solutions. State senators representing parts of central Brooklyn were also actively involved in the process. A total of 25 community meetings brought together nearly 100 key community stakeholders.