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Flatbush African Burial Ground Remembrance and Redevelopment Task Force

Managing Agency: NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD); NYC Economic Development Corp. (EDC)
Location:
2286 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Project Description
: Affordable housing development with 130 units and community space at the site of the former Public School 90.
Status: City has launched a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to develop the units and space dedicated to youth educational and a vocational training; a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released later next year to the qualified respondents of the RFQ.

For more information, visit https://ps90taskforce.nyc/

Project Details: The City has announced plans to develop affordable housing in Flatbush, Brooklyn at 2286 Church Avenue, the site of the former Public School 90 (P.S. 90). The site will hold approximately 130 critically needed affordable homes and community development space.The 29,000 square foot development site formerly contained a historic late 19th-century school building, which was demolished in 2015 due to hazardous structural conditions.

In addition to the site’s history as a school, archaeological excavation uncovered a small number of fragments of human remains, which may be associated with a historical burial ground for people of African ancestry. At the time, the human remains were transferred to the minister of the Reformed Dutch Church of Flatbush for reinterment in their consecrated cemetery.

Task Force: In 2019, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and the Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) established the need for a Task Force to make efforts to identify any potential descendant communities of the colonial enslaved and freed Africans of early Flatbush, establish a procedure for handling any additional remains if discovered, and discuss potential memorialization of the history of site.

The Task Force, working simultaneously with the RFQ process, will be supported by HPD, EDC and technical expertise by LPC.The community task force, co-chaired by Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Mathieu Eugene, will advise on the proper handling and memorialization of additional artifacts or human remains, if discovered during future construction, and the future development program, including ideas for the youth community space, affordable housing, and design. The task force is supported by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), HPD and two local Women Business Enterprise (WBE) firms – Historical Perspectives, Inc. and TYTHEdesign—providing archaeological and facilitation services. Future community and public engagement around the site is being planned for Spring 2021.

Several resources have been shared with the community in preparation for the February 24th Task Force meeting held to discuss memorialization options and the co-design process for the project’s public engagement approach to ensure its inclusiveness and accessibility. Click here to view the 2/24 community event flyer.

Please review the Dismore Chestnut Community Visioning report at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/services/dinsmore-chestnut-workshops-report.pdf and In Honor of Black Life by Natiba Guy Clement at https://www.bklynlibrary.org/blog/2020/06/16/honor-black-life

Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Detailed instructions are provided in the RFQ. The first addendum to the RFQ will include contact information of Applicants that register and download the RFP before 5:00pm on January 14, 2021. Inquiries regarding the RFQ should be directed to formerps90@hpd.nyc.gov. (RFQ Proposals were due March 5, 2021.)

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), is releasing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to establish a group of Qualified Applicants that HPD designates as qualified to apply for a Request for Proposals (RFP) anticipated to be released in the second half of 2021. Only Qualified Applicants will be invited to respond to an RFP to develop a high-quality, sustainable, mixed-used affordable housing development with youth services that respects the unique history of the subject site in the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn Community District 14.

The subject site is an archaeologically sensitive parcel located at 2274-2286 Church Avenue (Block 5103, Lot 58) that formerly housed Public School 90 and is currently vacant. Because of the historical and archaeological significance of the Site, local elected officials have convened a community-based task force to advise on the proper handling and memorialization of additional artifacts or human remains, if discovered during future construction, and the future development program, including ideas for the youth community space, affordable housing and design.

In keeping with the City’s new equitable ownership requirement, Qualified Applicants must include an M/WBE or non-profit that will hold at least 25% of the managing ownership interest in the project. Responses to the RFQ will be evaluated based on the Qualified Applicants’ development, environmental and community engagement experience as well as their project vision.

More information about the RFQ and application instructions can be found at www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/services-and-information/former-ps90-rfq. Inquiries regarding the RFQ should be directed to formerps90@hpd.nyc.gov.

FABGRR Task Force Meetings:

Click here to view November 30, 2020 Presentation to Brooklyn Community Board 14

Click here to view December 9, 2020 Presentation to P.S. 90 Task Force 

Click here to view the February 3, 2021 presentation

Click here to view the February 24, 2021 Task Force meeting

Click here to view the March 24, 2021 Task Force meeting

Click here to learn more about the development proposed for this site.

Additional Project Links:

Mayor’s October 2020 Press Release: www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/news/044-20/mayor-de-blasio-council-member-eugene-plans-transform-flatbush-site-affordable#/0

HPD January 2021 Press Release: www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/news/060-21/city-releases-request-qualifications-development-teams-transform-flatbush-site-into

P.S. 90 Task Force Information: https://ps90taskforce.nyc/get-involved