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New York Governor Announces Completion of $425M Mixed-Use Development in Brooklyn

NEW YORK, NY — Governor Kathy Hochul announces the completion of The Fountains, a major $425-million transformative project on the state's former Brooklyn Developmental Center site in East New York. This redevelopment of a six-acre complex includes 1,163 affordable homes across several buildings, nearly 22,000 square feet of commercial space, and a new public plaza. 192 apartments are set aside as supportive homes for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

"The Fountains are the embodiment of our commitment to provide equal opportunity for each and every New Yorker, and this complex goes above and beyond to provide quality, affordability, and access to the resources needed to live healthy and successful lives," Hochul said. "This mixed-use development provides housing, services, and amenities that will reenergize the community and build a brighter future for all, but especially for our most vulnerable residents."

Originally opening in 1973 as a residential care and treatment center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the 35-acre Brooklyn Developmental Center was closed in 2015 due to a shift in the national housing policy toward integrated supportive housing.

The decommissioned state property, purchased through Empire State Development's competitive request for proposal process, was developed by the Arker Companies. The Arker Companies paid $10 million for the property, which was previously owned by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

Built over several phases, The Fountains complex includes 1,163 apartments across six residential buildings. Most apartments are affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income with 85 homes for households earning up to 100 percent of the AMI. There are 200 apartments reserved for adults 62 or older.

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192 homes throughout the complex are reserved for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities who will have access to on-site supportive services provided by the Block Institute. Funding for services and rental subsidies are being provided by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Additionally, OPWDD will lease office space on the complex.

The complex also includes Schroeder's Walk, a new one-acre public plaza that extends Schroeder's Avenue for pedestrians. The Fountains also features 21,700 square feet of new ground floor commercial space and off-street parking.

The six completed buildings include:

  • A six-story building at 11629 Seaview Avenue with 65 affordable apartments.
  • A nine-story building at 911 Erskine Street with 267 affordable apartments.
  • A seven-story building at 10 Schroeder's Walk with 200 apartments for residents 62 and older and 11,100 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.
  • A nine-story building at 702 Vandalia Avenue with 65 affordable apartments.
  • A nine-story building at 881 Erksine Street with 144 affordable apartments. The ground floor has 10,600 square feet of commercial space.
  • A nine-story building at 894 Fountain Avenue with 422 affordable apartments.

All six buildings were constructed to meet Enterprise Green Community standards and include energy efficient features such as ENERGY STAR labeled appliances, heating and cooling systems, and lighting.

State financing for The Fountains includes over $216 million in resources from New York State Homes and Community Renewal. Additional support was provided by OPWDD, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

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