Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams announce completion of $72 million mixed-use affordable housing development in downtown Brooklyn
Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the completion of Nevins Street Apartments, a $72 million mixed-use housing development that creates accessible, supportive and affordable housing in the downtown Brooklyn. The development complex includes the complete renovation of a century-old building and the new construction of an adjacent 10-storey building. Nevins Street Apartments offers 129 affordable apartments, including 78 supportive housing units for people who need bespoke services to live independently and 6,000 square feet of retail space.
“In the wake of the pandemic, it’s critical that we take bold steps to make New York City a more affordable place for everyone, and that’s why my administration has launched a comprehensive $25 billion affordable housing plan for help ensure that every New Yorker has access to safe and affordable housing,” Governor Hochul said. “New York is committed to solving the housing crisis with transformative projects like Nevins Street Apartments that spur neighborhood revitalization and provide New Yorkers with the support and stability they need to thrive.”
“We need to solve the homelessness crisis with the housing crisis, and I’m proud to have supported a project as borough president and now as mayor that helps us do just that,” said Mayor Adams. “This project represents exactly what we need most in New York: a city-state collaboration to provide affordable housing for families in shelters, New Yorkers struggling with mental health issues or veterans who bravely served our country and need a place to call home.”
Nevins Street Apartments is part of Governor Hochul’s sweeping plans to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable. In the recently passed State Budget, the Governor secured a comprehensive new five-year, $25 billion housing plan that will increase housing supply by creating or preserving 100,000 affordable housing units in New York City, including 10 000 with support services for vulnerable populations, as well as the electrification of 50,000 additional homes.
Nevins Street Apartments has a total of 129 apartments spread over two buildings which share a common core. The development includes the substantial rehabilitation of an existing building originally constructed in 1912 as a single room residential facility by the YWCA for single women. For the past 30 years, the Institute for Community Living has operated the building as a transitional housing facility licensed by the Office of Mental Health. The redevelopment converted existing single rooms into self-contained apartments.
The newly constructed 10-story building stands on an adjacent parking lot. Facilities include a communal laundry room, 24/7 secure reception, community room, gym and yoga room, computer lab and classroom. The promoter is the Institute for Community Living.
Of the 129 apartments, 78 are reserved for formerly homeless people, veterans, young adults and people recovering from a substance use disorder. The remaining apartments are affordable for households with an income equal to or less than 60% of the region’s median income. There is an apartment reserved for a concierge.
Residents will have access to the Institute for Community Living’s comprehensive on-site support services, including counselling, parenting and life skills, family reunification and stabilization, health education, social and recreational services and liaison with community services.
The residential complex is located on Nevins Street between Schermerhorn and State Streets in downtown Brooklyn. The development’s commercial space will face Schermerhorn Street, the district’s main commercial corridor. Residents will benefit from easy access to nearby public transport and all major services, including shopping, medical care and public facilities.
State funding for development includes $13.6 million in tax-exempt bonds, federal low-income housing tax credits that generated $27.3 million in equity and $9 million dollars in grants from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The New York State Office of Mental Health will provide $1.9 million annually for housing assistance and services for supportive units through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development provided $10.6 million from the Supported Housing Loan Program.
RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of Housing and Community Renewal, said, “Taking a century-old building and creating 129 affordable and welcoming homes for some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers demonstrates the kind of collaboration and vision needed to combat the homelessness and strengthening communities. Under Governor Hochul’s leadership, we will continue to increase the supply of decent, affordable housing in Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods and in all regions of the state. Our thanks to the City of New York and the Institute for Community Living for their partnership in this important investment.
Dr. Ann Sullivan, commissioner of the Office of Mental Health, said: “The 78 supportive housing units in Nevins Street Apartments will enable people with mental illness to live independently and successfully in their own homes and communities. Governor Hochul’s commitment to the supportive housing provides vulnerable New Yorkers with safe and stable homes, coupled with the services they need to become valuable contributors to communities.”
New York City Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Adolfo Carrión Jr. said: “More than half of Nevins Street Apartments’ 129 affordable units are reserved for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, who will also have access to support services provided by the Institute for Community Living. Each apartment is a lifeline for a person in need of housing, allowing them to live a healthier life in the safety and comfort of their own home.Thank you to ICL and our state partners for making this project possible, and to the new Residents of Nevins Street Apartments, welcome home.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries said: “COVID-19 has ravaged America, hurting countless small businesses, and worsening the affordable housing crisis. The pandemic has hit central Brooklyn hard, and we all need to do everything we can to help people who live here through these difficult times. The Nevins Street Apartments will bring affordable housing and well-paying jobs to downtown Brooklyn, and I thank Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams for their leadership. This is a great victory for our borough.
Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon said: “Our borough and our neighborhoods function better when dedicated organizations like the Institute for Community Living step forward to offer real-world solutions to the issues we face and to provide compassionate service to the community. I am simply thrilled to celebrate the opening of ICL’s Nevins St. Apartments, which will provide much needed affordable apartments, including supportive housing and a range of services. I look forward to welcoming our new neighbors to the community and I thank ICL for their hard work.
Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso said: “The Nevins Street apartments are an example of what needs to be kept in mind as new developments are planned and built in communities that are in dire need of affordable units. This development has not only been built on a parking lot – bringing much more valuable use to this land – but also reserves apartments which will cater to vulnerable populations, including formerly homeless people and young adults at risk, and will have amenities ideally All developers should think about this holistically when planning the future of housing in the city.
City Councilman Lincoln Restler said: “ICL has been providing excellent services to Brooklyn residents in need for decades and I am thrilled to welcome new residents to the rehabilitated and expanded Nevins supportive housing development. Supportive housing is essential to solving our housing and homelessness crises and I am excited to continue to do all we can to bring more supportive housing developments to our community.”
Institute for Community Living CEO Jody Rudin said: “This building takes the concept of housing is healthcare to a new level. Tenants will not only get a nice, safe place to call home, they will also get all the healthcare services they need. to get better and stay healthy. type of building is essential to addressing the twin crises of homelessness and mental health in New York. We are excited to open it and continue to work with New York and New York State to create more housing.
Dattner Architects Principal John Woelfling said: “Dattner Architects was honored to partner with ICL and Mega Construction Group to complete this bold repositioning of ICL’s flagship facility as a modern affordable housing building in downtown Brooklyn. The extensive renovations of the existing building will not only make the building fully accessible, but will also improve the building’s energy performance through efficient systems coupled with on-site renewable energy generation. In addition to the renovation, the project was able to expand the footprint of the building and density of the project through rezoning that required the support of the New York City Department of Planning and community partners.As the saying goes, “It takes a village…”
Mega Contracting Group Vice President Hercules Argyriou said: “We are proud to deliver 50 Nevins to the community, marking a major step forward in providing affordable, supportive housing to local residents in need. This is a project that is particularly important to Mega Contracting because of our long-term commitment to the Mega was first brought in to rehabilitate the existing building, Stepping Stone Residence, in 1998 and we have remained committed to improving the building ever since.50 Nevins will not only provide the community with options affordable housing, but also the essential services needed to We are pleased to partner with ICL, Dattner and the State of New York to help bring this project to fruition.”