Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams Announce Completion of $72 Million Supportive and Affordable Mixed-Use Hou
May 9, 2022
Nevins Street Apartments adds 129 affordable and welcoming homes to downtown Brooklyn with 6,000 square feet of retail space
NEW YORK – New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the Institute for Community Living (ICL) today announced the completion of Nevins Street Apartments, a mixed-use housing development in $72 million that creates accessible, supportive and affordable housing downtown. Brooklyn. The development complex includes the renovation of a century-old building and the construction of a new adjacent 10-storey building. Nevins Street Apartments offers 129 affordable apartments, including 78 dedicated support houses 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,” said Governor Hochul. “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.”
“This building takes the concept of ‘housing is healthcare’ to a new level,” said Jody Rudin, CEO, ICL. “Tenants will not only get a beautiful and safe place to call home, they will also get all the health services they need to get better and stay healthy. This type of building is essential to address the twin crises of homelessness and mental health in New York. We are excited to open it and continue to work with New York City and New York State to create more housing.
Nevins Street Apartments is part of Governor Hochul’s sweeping plans to make housing more affordable, equitable and stable. The Governor introduced and successfully secured, in the recently passed state budget, a new five-year, $25 billion comprehensive housing plan that will increase housing supply by creating or preserving 100,000 affordable homes in New York, including 10,000 with support services for vulnerable people. populations, as well as the electrification of 50,000 additional households.
Mayor Adams supported the Nevins Street Apartments project as Brooklyn Borough President with discretionary funding of $500,000 in fiscal year 2021. The project’s completion comes as it continues to grow. address the city’s affordable housing and homelessness crises.
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, ICL has operated the building as a transitional housing facility licensed by the Office of Mental Health. The redevelopment converted the existing single rooms into self-contained apartments.
The newly constructed 10-story building stands on an adjacent parking lot. Facilities include communal laundry facilities, 24/7 secure reception, community room, gym and yoga room and classroom.
Of the 129 apartments, 78 are reserved for formerly homeless people, veterans, young adults and people recovering from 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 ICL’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 neighborhood’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.
The promoter is the Institute for Community Living.
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 grant funding from New York State Homes and Community Renewal (UNHCR). The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will provide $1.9 million annually for housing assistance and services for supportive units through Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) provided $10.6 million from the Supported Housing Loan Program.
“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 address homelessness and strengthen communities,” said Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas. “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 partnering on this important investment.”
“More than half of the affordable housing at Nevins Street Apartments is reserved for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, who will also have access to support services provided by the Institute for Community Living,” said Commissioner HPD Adolfo Carrión Jr. “Each apartment represents a lifeline for someone in need of housing, enabling them to live a healthier life in the safety and comfort of their own home. Thank you to ICL and our partners in the state of for making this project possible, and to the new residents of Nevins Street Apartments, welcome home.”
“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 to get through these difficult times,” said U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries. “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.
“Our borough and our neighborhoods function best 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,” said New York State Assemblyman Jo Anne Simon. “I am simply delighted to celebrate the opening of ICL’s Nevins Street 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 the enormous hard work.”
“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 desperate need of affordable units,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “This development has not only been built on a parking lot – bringing much more valuable use to this land – but also reserves apartments that will meet the needs of vulnerable populations, including formerly homeless and at-risk young adults, and “will have conveniently located amenities. All developers should think about this holistically when planning the future of urban housing.”
“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,” said Lincoln Restler, Member of the New York City Council. “Supportive housing is essential to solving our housing and homelessness crises and I’m excited to continue doing all we can to bring more supportive housing developments to our community.”
“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 energy performance of the building through efficient systems coupled with on-site renewable energy generation,” said John Woelfling, Director of Dattner Architects. “In addition to the renovation, the project was able to expand the building footprint and project density through rezoning that required support from the New York City Department of Planning and community partners. goes the saying, ‘It takes a village’.”
“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 building,” said Hercules Argyriou, vice-president of the Mega Contracting group. “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 affordable housing options, but services essentials needed by residents. We are pleased to partner with ICL, Dattner, and New York State to help bring this project to fruition.”