Celebrating our 45th Anniversary this year!
Hearing on Atlantic Yards!
Raise your voice on this project that has changed significantly from
what was promised.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 2pm and 6pm
(start gathering at 1pm)
Auditorium of NYC
285 Jay Street
Let's Rally for Affordable Housing!
statewide affordable housing advocates in calling for:
The creation of the Empire State Housing Investment Fund and capital
funding for 2010 - 2011 affordable housing programs.
The rally will take place on Wed August 19,
at 2 pm (please arrive by 1:45pm) on the Steps of City Hall -
New York City.
Home Buyer Classes
-Are you or
a loved one facing foreclosure?
September 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.
718-783-3549 *10 to register (more info)
-Do you need
help with overwhelming debt?
Home Services Department offers a wide range of services to the
community. Call 718-783-3549 *10 or email
us to find out how we can help you get back on the right track.
Brooklynites know your rights!
-Need information about lease
legal clinics are now being held at our new office. 900 Fulton Street,
every 3rd Thursday of the month. flyer
Community Org. Department is now open the first Saturday
of each month. Come by with your tenants rights questions or
in to say hello! flyer
|PACC Talk July 2009
...Read about the pursuit of building an equitable, diverse, engaged
and flourishing community in central Brooklyn.
Rolling Up The Gates: a Storefront Open House along Fulton Street.
Thursday, June 11th,
dozens of entrepreneurs toured over 16
commercial properties on Central Fulton Street as part of the Pratt
Community Council's "Rolling-Up the Gates" Storefront Open House. This
event provided prospective businesses with the opportunity to view many
available spaces at once while also providing property owners with a
of prospective tenants.
kick off the event, a welcome reception
was held from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm that allowed property owners and
businesses to network with each other while also hearing presentations
business resources and the strength of the local retail market.
were given by Larisa Ortiz Associates, NYC Business Solutions, Capital
Bank, JP Morgan Chase, and ACCION USA. The main focus of the event
was the self-guided tour of available properties, which began after the
reception and ran to 7:30 pm. During this time, prospective tenants
provided with maps and property s
were invited to visit 16
retail-ready available spaces on Central
Fulton Street, from Flatbush to Bedford Avenues.
The owners of these spaces rolled-up their gates during this time and
available during the day to meet prospective tenants and discuss
artists also enlivened several
vacant storefronts during this event by converting the vacant spaces
art galleries and performance spaces for passers-by to enjoy.
the Julia Kito Kirtley Art Collective, these installations combined
fashion, music and dance to invite visitors into the spaces and present
different interpretations of the space's potential. Examples of these
included two galleries of paintings by Brand US, at 1110 and 1096
Street, and "Raw: Communication through Abstract Forms," an art and
gallery by Julia Kito Kirtley at 936 Fulton Street that remained in the
through the month of June.
of the strong amount of interest in this event, PACC
plans to hold an
additional Storefront Open House in the fall and invite organizations
surrounding corridors to participate as well. "We see our Open House on
Thursday as a pilot project that created a strong foundation to make
regular event," says PACC's Director of Economic Development, Dale
Charles. "We are excited to continue working
with property owners, real estate brokers, and entrepreneurs to reduce
commercial vacancy rate on Central
Fulton Street and ensure that its retail mix fully
reflects the pride and diversity of the community."
news coverage click here
PACC Cuts the Ribbon at the Gates Avenue Cooperatives.
10, 2009, PACC , Councilman Al Vann, BP Marty
project lenders and the development team cut the ribbon at a
'green' 34-unit affordable
cooperative in Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. The Cooperative is
at 566 Gates Avenue between Tompkins and Throop Avenues. After the
cutting, attendees and elected officials were treated to cake donated
by Desserts by Michael
then led on a tour of the brand new building.
Duane Cornish, a lifelong Brooklynite and resident on Fulton
Street for the past three years stated, "I saw the neighborhood turning
and was looking to buy, this looked like a great opportunity when the
came up and I got lucky!" PACC marketed the building in fall
and selected the homeowners via a lottery supervised by HPD. Over 2000
applied with the hopes of becoming one of 34 new cooperative owners.
cooperative building has 24 two-bedroom and 10 one-bedroom apartments
and moderate-income households, with unit prices ranging from $87,000
$167,000. a percentage of the units have been set aside for municipal
and those with disabilities.
This green design project, built on a formerly vacant
lot, will earn an
Energy Star label for the entire building through
a new program of U.S. EPA and NYSERDA. The project was funded through
from several government agencies including NYC HPD which provided a
million subsidy and NYC HDC which provided $2.96 million. An additional
million in financing came from the NYS AHC via the Housing Partnership
Development Corporation and Brooklyn Borough President Marty
provided $250,000. JPMorgan Chase provided the $4.35 million
Brooklyn Borough President
Marty Markowitz said, "Bravo to PACC. As an affordable housing advocate
my earliest days in public life, I can say with complete confidence
Gates Cooperative is exactly the kind of development Brooklyn and New
needs right now."
Meet Our Newly Elected Board Members!
the morning of June 24th
PACC held its Annual Meeting at Gibb Mansion where PACC members
Jabir Saluki, Lincoln Restler and Tom Eastman to its Board of
Suluki has lived
in Clinton Hill for most of his life. He is an
member of PLG: PACC's
Leadership Group attending rallies, doing outreach and testifying at
also volunteers at the Emergency Food Pantry at on Classon Avenue.
became involved with PACC in 1992 when our staff assisted his building
become a limited equity cooperative through HPD's Tenant Interim Lease
Since moving back, Jabir has been the Treasurer of his building and
of the courses offered by HPD and UHAB in Building Management and is a
graduate of the SUNY- Brooklyn Educational Opportunity
Eastman, VP for Enterprise Community
activity through most of the United States through
Enterprise's core line of business, syndicating affordable rental
transactions. He analyzes, evaluates and bids on affordable housing
opportunities, presents proposals to Enterprise's Investment
Committee and coordinates transaction closings.
Restler is a
Brooklyn native and Fort Greene resident. He
currently serves as a
officer at the Office of Financial
, which is an anti-poverty
initiative housed at the Department of Consumer Affairs. Lincoln has
worked at the Mayor's Office of Comprehensive Neighborhood Economic.
Development Lincoln is hands on with a number of city and local
Board 2, on which he is also a member of the Land-Use and Economic
Committees, Fort Greene Association, Brooklyn for Peace, Families
Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), New Kings
Democrats and a founding
member of Brooklyn Vanguard, which supports the Brooklyn Public Library
the election, Keith Getter, PACC's Treasurer and management consultant
for NeighborWorks America
and Benjamin Dulchin, Executive Director of ANHD
a lively discussion on the importance of keeping community during the
is a membership based non profit organization. To
become a member email
or call 718-522-2613 x 22
PACC's Housing Fair at Concord
the evening of June 22nd PACC Home Services
a homeowner/homebuyer fair at Concord Baptist Church. Sponsored
by Capital One
and State Farm Insurance
the focus of this event was to educate
first time home buyers and current home owners on purchasing and
their home. The event drew approximately two hundred local residents
of vendors comprised of local businesses and city agencies geared
homeownership, financial literacy and foreclosure intervention.
traditional informational booths, PACC facilitated
break out sessions where
spoke to groups of 25 or so people on common purchasing and ownership
Monteith and Maria Pedrazza of HSBC gave courses on Credit and Finance
Home Buying Process while PACC's Homeowner Counselor Bonita Dowling and
Foreclosure Counselor Stephan Dookeeram gave information on Repair
Loans and How to avoid Foreclosure. As the evening came to a close Pat
our Director of Home Services encouraged
the attendees to attend the First
the Home Buyer and Financial Literacy courses that PACC offers
For more information
on our Home Services Department send us an email
or call 718-783-3549.