In 1975, our neighborhood was beset by landlord abandonment and arson. St. Nicks Alliance organized neighborhood residents to create safe, affordable, and habitable housing. Today, the challenge has shifted to maintaining affordability amid gentrification and skyrocketing rents. We are committed to meeting today’s challenges just as we met the challenges of the past.
Real Estate Development
We are moving forward on the most robust pipeline in its history, building 1,400 units across 11 new development projects. Additionally, there are currently more than 685 apartments being renovated to preserve them as low-income housing.
We provide homes for over 4,500 low-income, moderate-income and special needs residents. We also provide housing services for 3,000 more households. (is this housing counseling services?) If yes, we should note counseling.
In addition to our managed and developed residential properties, we own or operate four community facilities in North Brooklyn. These properties have a total area of 67,000 square feet and enable our programs to operate close to neighborhood residents.
Over 100 housing employees create and preserve housing, assist local residents, and manage more than 1,400 housing units.
Developments in Progress
St. Nicks Alliance successfully provided leadership by convening a coalition of Southside United HDFC – Los Sures, RiseBoro, and the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, to redevelop vacant publicly owned land into 390 units for low income, very low income and homeless families as well as a retail job training, and community space. Construction began in 2021.
Cooper Park Commons:
After decades of tenacious advocacy, the redevelopment of the campus of the former Greenpoint Hospital is moving forward. St. Nicks Alliance is a co-developer with Hudson Companies. Following the Greenpoint Renaissance Enterprise Corporation (GREC) community plan, Cooper Park Commons will be a 100% affordable housing project, including 550 units of new affordable housing — 109 of them designated as senior housing units — replace the 200 bed shelter with a brand new facility, and establish a health center.
St. Nicks Alliance and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation were selected in 2017 by NYC Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) to develop the 3 vacant City-owned sites. The project will create 85 affordable residential apartments for low- and moderate-income households (27%–77% of AMI), including 13 supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals and one superintendent’s unit. The development will also feature 1,187 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Dekalb Commons’ sustainable Passive House design enabled the project to receive the NYSERDA’s Buildings of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award totaling $1 million.