This week, Governor Cuomo announced a $400 million plan to redevelop 7.2 acres of the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center campus in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. When complete, the medical campus will also include 900 affordable homes, public outdoor spaces, a full-sized basketball court, urban farms, a greenhouse, and dedicated space for community programming.
“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,” said Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams. “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 the healthy foods and activities.”
The property is located at 681 Clarkson Avenue and primarily serves as a psychiatric hospital. The new residential component will include a mix of affordable, supportive housing, and senior housing, and two state-of-the-art homeless shelters that will replace the existing homeless shelters originally built in the 1930s.
Additional components include a 10,000-square-foot grocery store, a 7,000-square-foot community hub offering access to computers and learning spaces for after-school programs, workforce development training, performance space, and community empowerment programs.
The development team includes Almat Urban, Breaking Ground, Brooklyn Community Services, the Center for Urban Community Services, Douglaston Development, Jobe Development, and the Velez Organization.
The design team includes acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye and Harlem-based Studio Zewde.
Plans to redevelop the property are the latest component of the Governor’s $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn initiative, which launched in 2017. The initiative’s targeted investments are focused on health care and housing properties in economically vulnerable communities around Brooklyn.
“The COVID-19 pandemic further exposed the inequalities among the state’s at-risk and in-need communities, including a fundamental need for safe and affordable housing,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through the Vital Brooklyn initiative, we are better addressing these needs by transforming underutilized land on the Kingsboro Psychiatric Center campus into a community-oriented development that provides housing and programming to better serve those in need, building New York back better, fairer, and stronger for all.”
The development will create 3,700 constructions jobs and more than 200 permanent jobs for area residents. No word yet on when construction is expected to break ground.