New York State recently announced that Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation has been chosen to buy and develop the Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities Senior Office site in Howard Beach, Queens, into low- and moderate-income senior housing. The site, which is in the process of being closed, will be converted by Catholic Charities into a 100-unit apartment development. Eighty of the units will be reserved for seniors over the age of 60. The remaining 20 units would be set aside for individuals supported by the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD).
"Catholic Charities was chosen because of the high quality of their proposal to redevelop this site and their excellent track record in providing affordable housing and services to seniors throughout Brooklyn and Queens," Governor David A. Paterson said. "This is an exciting day as we move one step closer to converting underused state property into much-needed affordable housing for the elderly."
The development team includes Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation, the housing arm of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; CPC Resources, a subsidiary of the Community Preservation Corporation; Shuman Lichtenstein Claman Efron Architects; and Monadnock Construction as the general contractor.
"At a time of limited public resources, it’s exciting to see so many state agencies working together to redevelop underutilized state land for affordable housing," said Priscilla Almodovar, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NYS Housing Finance Agency (HFA). "I thank all of our partners in state government and congratulate the Catholic Charities team on being selected. Their collective experience in providing affordable housing and social services in New York City make them a terrific partner for all of us to work with."