New York Government announces plans to build 266-unit affordable housing

WCN Editorial Team 12 Dec 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to convert Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center North Campus in Central Brooklyn into a 266-unit affordable housing development.

Governor Cuomo made the announcement after Kingsbrook Estates was selected as the winning proposal.

The housing development will also offer a wide array of health, wellness, employment and support services for residents and the broader community. It is part of the Governor’s $578m commitment to developing 4,000 units of affordable housing through $1.8bn Vital Brooklyn Initiative.

The proposal includes demolishing three existing building on the 102,000ft² Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center North Campus and replacing them with two newly constructed buildings and redeveloping the Leviton Building from hospital use into housing units.

The final development will result in 266 apartments in three buildings where the housing units will be affordable to a range of income levels. On-site amenities at the development will include therapeutic garden, outdoor exercise equipment, walkways, children's play areas, outdoor kitchens and grills along with indoor teaching kitchen.

Access to health and wellness classes, vocational training and employment skills development, physical activity programmes and integrated care will be given.

Furthermore, the development will offer a nurse’s station with on-site services and counselling space, fitness activity and community rooms, lounges, laundry rooms and bike storage.

Offering free Wi-Fi to all the residential units across the campus is claimed to be a hallmark of Vital Brooklyn's commitment to increasing internet access across Central Brooklyn.

Governor Cuomo said: "The transformation of the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center North Campus is the latest step forward in our effort to revitalize Central Brooklyn with a $578 million investment in affordable housing.

"The new Kingsbrook Estates will be an outstanding development that delivers top-quality affordable housing and much needed health and social services to residents of Central Brooklyn."

One Brooklyn Health System and Kingsbrook Estates have also agreed to provide all-inclusive care for the elderly in the development’s 7,000ft² PACE Centre. The services will be available to residents of the development and the surrounding community.

Brooklyn Community Housing and Services executive director Jeff Nemetsky said: “Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, Inc. is delighted to be part of the winning team for the Vital Brooklyn Sites E,F,G, & H RFP award.

“This project will allow us to provide vital support to some of the most vulnerable in our community in partnership with HeartShare Human Services: seniors and military veterans with disabilities. All of the residents will live in a vibrant, mixed-income, intergenerational community.”


Image: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin/

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