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Design and Planning for a LEED Gold Homeless Shelter

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NYCEEC Predevelopment Loan Amount
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Estimated Total Construction Cost
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Projected GHG Savings

The Building

Building type

Building size
53,706 sq. ft.                200 shelter beds

Brooklyn, NY

NYCEEC Loan Product Green Predevelopment Loan

Project type
Predevelopment, High-Performance Buildings

Increased insulation, enclosure, air sealing, air source heat pumps, energy recovery ventilators, triple-pane windows, solar PV

2 years

Closing date
March 2021

The Project

The redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital campus, in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will include apartments for extremely low-income and very low-income residents and seniors, a new 200-bed homeless shelter, a community facility, and a network of new open spaces to connect the campus to the surrounding neighborhood. A partnership between St. Nick’s Alliance, Project Renewal, and Hudson Companies was designated by New York City to redevelop the site, which has been primarily vacant since 1982 when the Greenpoint Hospital was closed. The redevelopment project is the culmination of years of advocacy by a consortium of neighborhood-based organizations, including St. Nick’s Alliance, for affordable and senior housing in northern Brooklyn.

NYCEEC’s Green Predevelopment Loan supported the adaptive reuse of a former nurses’ residence into a 200-bed homeless shelter, into which an existing shelter will be relocated. Like the multifamily development next door, the shelter will significantly reduce carbon emissions by only using electricity for heating, cooling, hot-water production, and cooking. The shelter is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

The Green Predevelopment Loan will pay for energy modeling, feasibility analysis, design drawings, and land-use approvals. During the predevelopment phase, the NYCEEC will make disbursements as progress is made toward obtaining land use approvals, completing design milestones, and securing construction financing.

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Shelter beds for homeless individuals




Estimated greenhouse gas emissions saved over project lifetime (compared with conventional construction)

19,200 metric tons

The Results

The completed building will provide state of the art temporary accommodation to New York City’s most vulnerable residents. Along with the rest of the redevelopment, the shelter will set an important precedent for future projects seeking to implement high-performance measures – savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional construction are projected to be 384 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.