Former Nursing Home in Bed Stuy Is Being Razed for Controversial New Development

The site in June 2019. Photo by Craig Hubert


Space is being cleared for a large new development—almost an entire block long—in Bed Stuy.

Located at 270 Nostrand Avenue, it fronts Nostrand, Dekalb, and Koscuiszko Street. The property was the former home of CABS Nursing Home Company, which was established in 1973. Beginning in 2009, the facility began operating at a loss, according to the owner in a court filing, and began to look for a buyer who would keep the nursing home open.

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City records show that NNRC Properties LLC, which is part of the Allure group, bought the property from CABS for $15.6 million in June 2015.

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Rendering via IMC Architecture

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Rendering via IMC Architecture

But their plans, unbeknownst to CABS, included building apartments on the property. In October 2015, they filed permits for a seven-story development, which was approved later that same year. Current renderings show a plain facade, one side colored white and the other a lighter shade of brown.

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The site in 2015. Photo by Nicholas Strini for PropertyShark

CABS sued the developer in 2016, claiming “they lied about plans to keep the home operational and instead moved patients out with the intention of turning the building into apartments,” according to a story in DNAinfo. They sought to rescind the sale while asking for “more than $30 million in damages.” In 2017, the fraud claims were dismissed.

Allure Group is also behind the controversial Rivington House nursing home sale in Manhattan, where they were accused of similar actions.

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Most of the former facility has been demolished, a recent visit revealed. One building, facing Kosciuszko Street, appears to be in the middle of collapse — and has been for weeks.

Building permits show there will be a total of 241 units. Parking for 121 cars will be underground, and an inner courtyard will be on the ground level. It’s unclear if the apartments will be rentals or condos, or if a percentage of the units will be affordable.

Nursing homes, along with churches, are being turned into housing all over Brooklyn as land values rise. In 2014, a home for seniors in Park Slope was closed, later becoming condos, much to the chagrin of local residents.

[Photos by Craig Hubert unless otherwise noted]

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