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Press Release – City Selects Team to Transform Historic Greenpoint Hospital into Affordable Housing

Contact: General HPD Press Contact, hpdmedia@hpd.nyc.gov

Shuttered since 1982, the revamped Greenpoint Hospital campus will include over 500 new homes for seniors, extremely low, and low income New Yorkers and a shelter

NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer announces the City has selected a team to lead the transformation of the historic Greenpoint Hospital site into a new mixed-use development that will feature approximately 512 units of affordable housing and a new building for an existing shelter to serve 200 New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. St. Nicks Alliance, a prominent local community development corporation, and The Hudson Companies Incorporated will lead the development of this project in partnership with Project Renewal, a nonprofit organization that works with homeless New Yorkers.

The development team successfully responded to the Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) that was created through HPD’s community visioning workshop series. The RFEI sought proposals for the design, construction, and management of a high quality, sustainable, mixed-use, mixed-income project for the approximately 3.4-acre site in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

“As we continue to move aggressively to redevelop our dwindling supply of City-owned land, it’s a privilege to have the chance to transform this unique site that has a long and storied history of serving this city’s residents for nearly a century. This dynamic proposal will create 512 new affordable homes, much needed community space, and new shelter programs for New Yorkers most in need, “ said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “I congratulate the development team, and thank our colleagues at DSS and partners in the community for their help in breathing new life into this site.”

“This innovative mixed-use site at Greenpoint Hospital exemplifies how we are turning the tide on the citywide challenge of homelessness by transforming a haphazard shelter system that developed over decades into one that places people and community first,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks. “In partnership with not-for-profit social service provider Project Renewal, we are proud to provide New Yorkers in need with high-quality shelter and targeted social services that more effectively meet their unique needs as they get back on their feet, as well as permanent affordable apartments for formerly homeless individuals.”

“St. Nicks Alliance is delighted to work with our Partners, Hudson Companies and Project Renewal and the City of New York to realize the community vision begun by local residents in completing development of the Greenpoint Hospital campus, open scores of skilled jobs for neighborhood residents and create a long sought Senior Heath Center with NYU Langone Family Health Centers,” said Joseph Robles, Chairman of the Board of St. Nicks Alliance.

“Hudson is grateful to the City of New York for selecting this team to redevelop the Greenpoint Hospital campus and is honored to be working with St. Nicks Alliance, Project Renewal, MAP and AO to deliver a transformed shelter and 512 sustainable affordable homes to this community,” said Aaron Koffman, Principal of The Hudson Companies Inc. “We are eager to begin engaging neighborhood stakeholders, along with incredible leader in Council Member Reynoso, and working with HPD and DHS to revive a historic section of East Williamsburg.”

“For the last three decades, the Greenpoint Hospital has stood partially vacant, underutilized, and as a reminder of politics past,” said Council Member Antonio Reynoso. “When the hospital closed its doors in 1982, Williamsburg residents got to work almost immediately to advocate for a sorely needed use of this site: housing. Now, 36 years later our City faces an increasing housing and homelessness crisis and it is almost impossible for New Yorkers in districts like mine to obtain decent affordable housing. Last term, The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) issued its last RFP for this site with specific guidelines that address the needs of current residents. Today’s designation at the historic Greenpoint Hospital site demonstrates HPD’s commitment to meeting to those needs. I applaud the Hudson Companies, St. Nick’s Alliance, and Project Renewal for their collaboration on this project, and I look forward to working with the City in delivering more to the residents of the 34th district.”

Located at 288 Jackson Street in Brooklyn, the 146,100 square foot development site will include two newly constructed multifamily buildings with over 400 homes affordable to extremely-low, very-low and low-income households with approximately 21,500 square feet of community space that will provide a café, workforce development center, and community center for residents and the surrounding community. The development team will also be converting two historic buildings on the site, one into over 100 affordable homes for seniors, and the other will house two more efficiently designed shelter programs that will more effectively meet homeless New Yorkers’ unique needs, in line with the Mayor’s Turning the Tide plan to transform the City’s emergency shelter system that was built up in a haphazard way over decades.

The holistic redevelopment plan includes a network of new open spaces that will connect the Greenpoint Hospital campus with the neighborhood. Magnusson Architecture and Planning and Architecture Outfit are leading the design of the redeveloped campus. This redevelopment represents a collaborative effort between HPD and the Department of Social Services to improve the community holistically, by expanding mixed-use opportunities for a range of New Yorkers. To that end, in all three residential buildings, 30 percent of the units will be set aside for homeless New Yorkers exiting shelter and getting back on their feet, totaling more than 150 homes that will help formerly homeless New Yorkers stabilize their lives at the Greenpoint Hospital site.

The project will be completed in two phases. The portion of the campus south of Skillman Avenue will be completed first, and includes the relocation of the existing 200-bed shelter into an existing building that will be rehabilitated and a new construction multifamily building with approximately 267 units on the vacant land. The second phase includes the adaptive reuse of the main hospital building into approximately 109 units of senior housing and the new construction of a multifamily building with about 136 units in place of the demolished hospital boiler building.

The Greenpoint Hospital campus’ original six buildings were opened in 1915 to serve potential accident victims from nearby factories and warehouses. The campus was expanded in the 1930s though President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, adding two buildings to the site. All eight of the site’s buildings were constructed in the Renaissance Revival style. While the hospital was officially shuttered in 1982, one building was converted into the Barbara S. Kleinman Residence which now serves New Yorkers experiencing homelessness as they get back on their feet. . Four auxiliary buildings were redeveloped as affordable housing in the 1990s and a fifth building was converted into the Greenpoint Renaissance Center in the 2000s.

“I am thrilled that the de Blasio Administration has chosen a wonderful, community-based developer for the Greenpoint Hospital. St. Nick’s Alliance, Hudson Companies and Project Renewal are great organizations that have strong records of accomplishment. After so many years of missteps, it is great to know that the Greenpoint Hospital site will be developed in a thoughtful way that will serve the community well,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

“The activation of the long-shuttered Greenpoint Hospital campus has been a goal of my administration, dating back to a housing report four years ago that highlighted the site’s potential to deliver much-needed affordability for the neighborhood,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “I applaud HPD for delivering on this transformation, and I thank Hudson Companies, Project Renewal, and particularly St. Nicks Alliance — for whom this project has long been a priority — for working together to bring this development to life. It is a great day when we can advance new affordable housing opportunities in Brooklyn, especially for seniors and our neighbors in need.”

“The redevelopment of Greenpoint Hospital could not come at a better time. The community is in dire need of affordable housing. To that end, the community has been advocating for the redevelopment of this site for years. This is great news. I am also excited that a timeline is set and that the development partners have been selected, which includes our neighborhood partner – St. Nicks Alliance. They are a proven leader in the community that has provided endless housing and social services for the neighborhood. Not only will the site add much-needed affordable housing, it will also provide new community facilities and a homeless shelter. I congratulate Commissioner Torres-Spring and Mayor de Blasio for making this project a priority,” said Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol.

“Redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site continues to be a bright spark in North Brooklyn’s fight to preserve and extend affordable housing to residents. While there are other projects in development, the hospital stands out among them. It’s truly a community vetted project. Everything from design, to management, and affordability is particularly tailored to the community, and by the community. It’s been an inspiring project from the start. I commend all those who participated, particularly St. Nick’s Alliance. I have great confidence in their ability to see it through,” said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan.

“Project Renewal is thrilled to partner with Hudson Companies and St. Nicks Alliance on the innovative Cooper Park Commons, a development that will bring much-needed housing stability and healthy living to families and seniors, as well as shelter and support services to homeless men,” said Jody Rudin, Interim President & CEO, Project Renewal. “Project Renewal has been helping New Yorkers renew their lives for more than 50 years. The homeless shelter at Cooper Park Commons will be our second shelter in Brooklyn and our eighth citywide. As we develop this shelter, we look forward to compassionately providing our new clients with the targeted services they need to break the cycle of homelessness.”

“Today we celebrate the local grassroots leadership that stuck together over 36 years due to their resilience of keeping their eyes on the prize through the ups and downs and the step by step victories along the way. And we honor the City for coming to terms that it makes the best sense to keep the site together as a whole under a cohesive leadership structure like St. Nicks Alliance, which has knowledge of the community and the community’s interest in mind,” said Jan Peterson, founder and director of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women (NCNW) and Chair and founding member of Greenpoint Renaissance Enterprise Corporation (GREC).

“After 36 Years in limbo, Community Board # 1 is pleased that HPD is finally embracing a golden opportunity that is very long awaited to engage the St. Nicholas Alliance in building 500 units of affordable housing on the former Greenpoint Hospital site,” said Brooklyn Community Board 1 Chair Dealice Fuller.

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The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan which was recently expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0 to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule—by 2022, and achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026. For full details visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.

The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) works to prevent homelessness before it occurs, address street homelessness and assist homeless New Yorkers in transitioning from shelter and the street to permanent housing. DHS collaborates with not-for profit partners to provide temporary shelter and services that homeless New Yorkers need to achieve and maintain housing permanency. In April 2016 Mayor de Blasio announced a major restructuring of homeless services in New York City, followed by the release of a comprehensive plan in February 2017 to turn the tide on homelessness, neighborhood by neighborhood. The plan’s guiding principle is community and people first; giving homeless New Yorkers, who come from every community across the five boroughs, the opportunity to be sheltered closer to their support networks and anchors of life in the communities they called home in order to more quickly stabilize their lives. Learn more about how DHS is turning the tide on homelessness, neighborhood by neighborhood, at nyc.gov/tide.

St. Nicks Alliance, a 43 year old, North Brooklyn community based organization, seeks to transform lives of low- and moderate-income people through housing development, employment, youth & education, and eldercare; delivering impactful services with measurable outcomes. As the developer of over 2,200 units of affordable housing and managers of 1,700 apartments, St. Nicks Alliance has focused on this essential and critical need throughout its history. For information: www.stnicksalliance.org

The Hudson Companies Incorporated is a private real estate development company started in 1986 that has grown into a leading developer of new housing for all market segments in the New York metropolitan area. Hudson’s principals and staff have a hands-on approach to managing the details of the development process from property acquisition, project finance and design, through construction and marketing. The firm is experienced in both new construction and rehabilitation, and is active across the affordable, institutional, and market-rate housing markets. To date, Hudson has completed 43 developments totaling $1.5 billion in costs.

Project Renewal is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that works to end the cycle of homelessness by empowering individuals and families to renew their lives with health, homes and jobs. Project Renewal’s innovative programs are designed to end the revolving door of emergency rooms, jails, shelters and the streets. For over 50 years, Project Renewal’s pioneering approach has created uniquely integrated and comprehensive programs that are replicated around the nation, helping even beyond the 16,000 homeless New Yorkers Project Renewal serves every year. For more information, visit www.projectrenewal.org

Greenpoint Renaissance Enterprise Corporation (GREC) is a 36 year old consortium of neighborhood organizations which created the vision and implementation planning for the former Greenpoint Hospital Campus as place where people can have an affordable quality of life in a safe environment.


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