Affordable Housing Development Coming to Flatbush as Part of Vital Brooklyn Initiative

Clarkson Estates Development is Part of Commitment to Create 4,000 Units of Affordable Housing in Central Brooklyn
July 21, 2020

Today, Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson (D-Brooklyn) announced that 291 affordable and supportive apartments — which will be known as Clarkson Estates — will be built in Flatbush as part of the $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn Initiative.

“One of the most critical challenges we face in Central Brooklyn is ensuring our residents have access to safe and affordable housing,” Assemblymember Richardson said. “The COVID crisis has hit our community the hardest and laid bare the inequities in our healthcare system and social safety net.”

CAMBA Housing will develop Clarkson Estates, which will offer 291 affordable apartments for individuals and families. The project requires 146 of the apartments be set aside for homeless young adults, youth who are aging out foster care and individuals who were formerly incarcerated. Clarkson Estates will also offer benefits to the Flatbush community through development of The Dr. Roy A. Hastick Sr. Community Hub, a 30,000-square foot HUB, which will be open to the general public in hopes of encouraging community engagement.

Resources available at the HUB will include:

  • Childcare services;
  • Design studio and exhibition space;
  • Food pantry and café;
  • Full-sized basketball court for general community use and access, competitive basketball leagues, and community events;
  • Health screening center;
  • Recording and rehearsal studio, and performance space;
  • Small business services incubator and workforce training;
  • Technology training center that includes adult education and financial literacy classes;
  • Violence prevention and mediation center; and
  • Youth education and development center;

The HUB will be named after Dr. Roy A. Hastick Sr., a gifted, caring and visionary business leader who passed away from COVID-19 in April. Dr. Hastick devoted his time to the health of the community in Brooklyn.

The Hastick Family said: “Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., was a man of great wisdom with a spirit of giving and a calling to help others. Everything he created and implemented was always for the advancement of his community. His community was defined by wherever he was at the moment. It is only fitting that this intergenerational community hub would bear his name. It is the hope of our family that every individual who benefits from this project will adopt the same attributes which he espoused and give back to our community which will help to make it better. Thank you, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner/CEO RuthAnne Visnauskas, Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, Senator Zellnor Myrie and the Flatbush community for remembering the life, work and legacy of our dear husband, father and community leader. “

Clarkson Estates is the most recent project of the $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn Initiative that calls for a commitment to create 4,000 units of affordable housing in Central Brooklyn. The initiative also targets and invests in eight integrated areas, from health care to housing, establishing a new standard for addressing chronic economic and racial disparities in Brooklyn’s high-need communities.

The Vital Brooklyn initiative seeks to address systemic issues by creating affordable and sustainable developments like The Clarkson Estates,” Assemblymember Richardson said. “This project is unique because we will bring not only desperately needed affordable housing to our community but a state-of-the-art community facility space. The Dr. Roy A. Hastick Sr. Community Hub will provide a multitude of services including childcare, workforce development, and a small business incubator. I want to thank Commissioner Visnauskas and her team at HCR for their diligent work and most importantly, the residents of the 43rd Assembly District for their input and support throughout this process. Our partnership with Governor Cuomo will create a landmark project that will have a lasting impact on our community for decades to come.”

Said Governor Cuomo: “As the pandemic creates significant hardships for New Yorkers, it’s more important than ever that we expand access to safe, affordable housing during these difficult times," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is going to result in nearly 300 new affordable and supportive housing units that will help hundreds of our friends and neighbors in Central Brooklyn, and the State will continue to find ways to support the New Yorkers who need it most as we address the unprecedented challenges of today.”

Clarkson Estates will be developed and constructed on a parcel of land owned by the Health Science Center at Brooklyn Foundation. The facility will be a CSA drop-off point for fresh fruits and vegetables for residents and a Health and Homes Screening Center. Amenities for residents will include a library, computer room, training kitchen, supportive services and case management spaces, fitness room, laundry rooms, community room and an underground garage that will have room for 80 cars.

Clarkson Estates will also feature family friendly outdoor areas for gardening, a child’s playground, a landscaped courtyard with a serenity garden, a wooded walk, a turf field, communal seating, and a children’s play area. Residents and visitors will also be provided free Wi-Fi, which is a hallmark of the Vital Brooklyn initiative's commitment to increasing internet access across Central Brooklyn.

Clarkson Estates will also feature green technology and qualifies for Enterprise Green Communities Certification and meets the standards of the ENERGY STAR multifamily high-rise program to satisfy Climate Bond Initiative requirements. The development’s green roofs and solar panels contribute to community and individual health. The rooftop terrace and community garden will have space for communal gathering and gardening.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “Clarkson Estates is a truly exciting development that will bring 291 affordable homes and a massive 30,000 sq. ft. comprehensive one-stop neighborhood resource center to the Flatbush community. The on-site supportive services offered by CAMBA will help 146 households at risk of homelessness access healthcare, job training, and childcare inside their own building. With the ongoing devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so grateful to Governor Cuomo, our elected officials and partners for moving this project forward which will help bridge the gap in resources in Central Brooklyn.”

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "The employment opportunities and financial literacy initiatives provided at the Community HUB at Clarkson Estates not only reflect Governor Cuomo's commitment to bottom-up, community-based economic development strategies, but also will honor Dr. Roy Hastick and guarantee that his life's work lives on in the Brooklyn communities to which he was dedicated."

Senator Zellnor Myrie said, “The impact of COVID on our communities, especially my district, has exacerbated the issues that far too many residents struggle with – namely housing, health care, social services, and access to commerce and recreation. Clarkson Estates will help our most vulnerable citizens recover from this pandemic and create generational change for Central Brooklyn. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Visnauskas and her team at HCR, and our many partners who are making this project a reality.”

Joanne M. Oplustil, CAMBA/CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc. President/CEO, said, “CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc. and CAMBA, Inc. are honored and grateful to be awarded Site L/329 Clarkson Avenue, as part of this second round of the Vital Brooklyn Initiative. The community’s needs for expanded options for healthcare access, permanently affordable housing, local food and outdoor spaces have never been more evident. The vision for this development is to create equitable housing opportunities that in turn create a more equitable future for Flatbush. Housing is fundamental to stability and with this sustainable, affordable and supportive development, we aim to provide the community with better resources for a better tomorrow.”