It’s finally happening.
The redevelopment of the former Greenpoint Hospital, located at 288 Jackson Street in East Williamsburg, is moving along after years of scrapped plans, local resistance and lawsuits.
Magnusson Architecture and Planning and Architecture Outfit are behind the new design. The project is set to be 100 percent affordable housing, focused on seniors, extremely low, and low-income residents, with 512 new affordable apartments set to be built across the six-building complex.
Part of the plan is two newly constructed multifamily buildings, with approximately 21,500 square feet of community space. Two of the buildings on the site will be converted, one set to become housing for seniors and the other into a shelter.
The project will be completed in two phases, with the relocation of the current shelter and the construction of one of the new buildings in the first phase and the redevelopment of the main hospital building, along with construction of the second new building, part of the second phase.
Hudson Companies Incorporated, Project Renewal and St. Nicks Alliance have been selected by the city as the development team, the city announced Thursday. It sent out a request for proposals to develop the property about a year ago. In Brooklyn, Hudson is also developing the Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West, and has completed The Parkline at 626 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens and the J Condominium at 100 Jay Street in Dumbo, among other projects.
The hospital, which opened its doors in 1915, was active for 67 years and closed in 1982 after the construction of nearby Woodhull Hospital. Following its closure, the city used the complex to house the homeless, where a shelter still exists today.
Residents have long wanted something done with the site, which has gone through different development plans over the last decade.
Queens-based Great American Construction Group was chosen by the city in 2010 to redevelop the complex, with a plan to bring 240 units of affordable housing. It proved to be a controversial decision. Greenpoint Renaissance Enterprise Corporation, a consortium of six neighborhood nonprofits and community groups formed in 1984, later sued the city over the redevelopment.
A year later, the redevelopment was stalled once again, after Great American Construction Group pulled out of the job following the indictment of one of their senior executives on bribery charges related to a separate development job in the Bronx.
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