Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Chair of the Assembly Housing Committee, said, "This winning proposal addresses the urgent need for affordable, supportive and senior housing units and homeownership opportunities all in one location, but it accomplishes something even more exciting — it creates an all-encompassing community where social, recreational, educational, health care and other everyday needs will be met. Developments like this demonstrate the importance of thinking broadly and creatively as we work to fulfill our mission to create more affordable housing across our State."
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said, "The redevelopment of a portion of Kingsboro Psychiatric Center will bring more affordable housing to a community that desperately needs it, and the opportunities for healthier and greener living. As someone who has long promoted the need to overhaul our local food system, I am particularly glad to see that this project will include urban farming 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."
Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel said, "Housing is a human right and I thank Governor Cuomo for acknowledging inequalities within the system. Dedicating this underused land to housing and community enrichment will benefit Brooklyn in countless ways. We are excited to watch these plans bloom in real-time."
Brenda Rosen, President and CEO of Breaking Ground, said, "We couldn't be more thrilled to be working with the State of New York, the Central Brooklyn community and all elected officials involved on this truly unique community development project. The Kingsboro development will further the goals of The Vital Brooklyn Initiative by providing both public and private community spaces, a diverse array of housing solutions, supportive services and vibrant economic development uses to continue to bolster the fabric of the surrounding neighborhood. Our team is committed and looks forward to working with ESD, HCR, and the community to bringing this project to fruition."
Revitalizing Central Brooklyn
Central Brooklyn has long suffered from disinvestment and marginalization that hinder the wellbeing of its residents. Residents experience measurably 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 wide economic disparities due to unemployment, high poverty levels, and inadequate access to high-quality health care.
Today's announcement adds to nine winning proposals that will advance the Vital Brooklyn initiative's commitment to creating 4,000 affordable homes in Central Brooklyn. Past winners incorporated social, medical, and community services; recreational and educational opportunities; family housing; and apartments with supportive services.
About the Vital Brooklyn Initiative
Governor Cuomo launched the Vital Brooklyn Initiative in spring 2017 to address the range of disparities that affect residents of Brooklyn and to create a new model for community development and wellness in Brooklyn's most vulnerable communities. The Governor then charged each Assembly Member in Central Brooklyn with convening a Community Advisory Council consisting of community leaders, local experts, advocates, and other stakeholders to consider the unique needs and opportunities in their districts, and to develop long-term solutions. State Senators representing parts of Central Brooklyn were also actively engaged in the process. A total of 25 community meetings brought together nearly 100 key community stakeholders.
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