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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Press Room


December 4, 2003

Press contact: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176


"The Brig" is Subject of an International Design Workshop

Community organizations from the Clinton Hill and Fort Green neighborhoods of Brooklyn will join with elected officials, local leaders, city agency representatives, and a team of international architects to consider potential uses for the city block fronting the Brooklyn Navy Yard Industrial Park. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Rockefeller Foundation are hosting an International Design Workshop, "Transforming the Land Through Community Based Planning," from December 8 through 10, 2003 to consider the redevelopment potential of the 117,300 square foot parcel occupied by the now-vacant "Brig," a former naval prison.

The "Brig" site is located in the Clinton Hill, straddling Fort Green. The site is bounded by Flushing and Park Avenues and Clermont and Vanderbilt Streets. Redeveloping the site would require rezoning from industrial to residential and mixed-use, extensive environmental assessment and remediation, and demolition. Creating new sites for housing through rezoning from manufacturing to residential and mixed-use as well as redeveloping brownfields are major components of Mayor Bloomberg's plan, "The New Housing Marketplace: Creating Housing for the Next Generation." Mayor Bloomberg's housing plan calls for the investment of $3 billion in the construction and rehabilitation of 65,000 new homes and apartments through 2008.

Workshop participants include representatives of Fort Green SNAP, Chocolate Factory Lofts, Clinton Hill Cooperative Apartments, Community Board 2, Brooklyn Community Housing & Services Inc., Walt Whitman Tenant Association, and the Brooklyn Borough President's Office along with the New York City Departments of City Planning and Citywide Administrative Services, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. The Rockefeller Foundation provided financial support for the workshop with additional support from The Independence Community Foundation.

This will be HPD's fourth international design effort engaging teams of professionals with community representatives to insure local involvement in the planning and decision-making process to redevelop the City's low-and moderate-income neighborhoods. The earlier workshops resulted in comprehensive development plans for two areas in Brooklyn, the former Rheingold Brewery site on the border of the Williamsburg and Bushwick communities and the Livonia Avenue corridor in East New York, and one in Queens, Willets Point in Flushing. Two- and three-family homes and condominiums totaling 156 units of affordable housing are now under construction on the Rheingold site.

HPD Commissioner Jerilyn Perine said, "It's been our experience that a high level of public engagement is critical to the redevelopment of sites which have been derelict for long periods of time. Mayor Bloomberg's housing plan is committed to relying on community residents and the best professional expertise to redevelop former industrial sites to meet the future needs of neighborhoods."

HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency. Since fiscal Year 1987, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of over 212,000 units of affordable housing. To request a Homeownership Kit or for more information about affordable rental housing, call 311 or log on to

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