BROOKLYN, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-36) and residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)’s Marcy Houses in Bedford Stuyvesant today to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new community center. The center will be located in what remains of a vacant police station at the intersection of Marcy Avenue and Ellery Street, and the renovation and conversion of the site is being funded by $7 million in City capital funds.
“This is a great day for the over 4,000 residents who call the Marcy Houses home,” said Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. It represents the culmination of over 20 years of advocacy by tenants like the late Rena Ruffin and Sarah Hill who knew the importance of having a community center dedicated to programming for seniors, youth, and other residents to improving the quality of life here. Thanks to their leadership, and the assistance of Mayor de Blasio and Borough President Adams, this long-awaited project is finally becoming a reality.”
In April 2015, Council Member Cornegy approached NYCHA officials about the possibility of creating a dedicated gathering space for the community at Marcy Houses after hearing from many tenants that such a space was needed. After scoping the vacant police station as a good location, Council Member Cornegy allocated $5 million dollars over the course of two budget cycles in 2015-16, and Borough President Adams kicked in an additional $1 million. In 2017, the Mayor de Blasio allocated the final $1 million needed to fund the creation of this new community center.
“Our Marcy Houses community will finally have a center of its own to call home,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “Community centers are vital to creating safer places for raising healthy children and families, and nothing can be more fundamental to the future of this historic public housing development than that mission. I am proud to partner with Council Member Cornegy and Mayor de Blasio on funding this new community center that will serve thousands of our neighbors in Bed-Stuy for years to come.”
“All residents deserve a safe place to enjoy in the communities,” said NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo. “We appreciate our partners at DDC and DYCD working toward a beautiful new center that will allow Marcy Houses parents to feel confident that their children have access to safe, engaging activities.”
The Marcy Houses Community Center will be the first of its kind in the housing development in more than 20 years and will be a welcome addition in the 27-building facility that houses more than 4,000 residents.