Brooklyn, NY, June 30, 2017 – Concern for Independent Living, a leading non-profit provider of supportive housing, held a Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Ceremony today to celebrate the opening of Concern Bergen, a 90-unit supportive housing development for persons with disabilities and families in need of affordable housing in Brooklyn.
The former warehouse that once occupied the site was demolished in early 2014 to make way for a newly constructed 7-story building. Concern Bergen offers an array of apartment sizes and amenities, including a computer room, exercise room, laundry facilities, community room, and rooftop garden.
The development team that made this project possible includes Nixon Peabody, the project’s attorneys; HLS Builders Corp., the general contractor; Dattner Architects, the project architect; and Betts Housing Consultants. Funding for Concern Bergen was provided by New York State Housing Homes & Community Renewal, New York State Office of Mental Health, National Equity Fund, and the Community Preservation Corporation who provided a $9.2 million construction loan and $13.8 million permanent loan funded through their agreement with the New York City Retirement Systems (NYCRS).
“This project is a shining example of Governor Cuomo’s and New York State’s commitment to providing high quality affordable and supportive housing to New Yorkers,” said Ralph Fasano, Executive Director of Concern for Independent Living, Inc. “It is also a testament to Community Board 8 and their leadership for recognizing that the solution to homelessness and the need for temporary shelters is housing and supports that help people thrive in their communities. Thanks to the National Equity Fund and Chase for investing in our dream to ensure that every New Yorker has a place they can call home.”
“Concern Bergen is a project that we should all be proud of, and it speaks to the power that mission-driven investments in housing can have in transforming a community and helping those most in need,” said Michael Skrebutenas, Senior Vice President and Regional Director at the Community Preservation Corporation. “This public-private collaboration has taken a vacant warehouse that blighted the neighborhood, and transformed this site into a vital resource of supportive and affordable housing that will serve the community for generations. We’re fortunate to have partners like Concern, Comptroller Stringer, HCR and OMH who understand that providing a safe and supportive environment can help New Yorkers with disabilities live with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
“Projects like this one strengthen our communities and move our city forward. Supportive housing is critical, and with the launch of this new development, we’re taking another step in the right direction. This will be a difference-maker – it will change lives,” said New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.