Vision for New Williamsburg School Settlement Gains Support
A rally in support of the School Settlement Association’s plan for a new building on Jackson Street was held last week with appearances by Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Senator Julia Salazar, News12 Brooklyn reports.
The event was held to bring attention to the more than one-hundred-year-old SSA community building at 120 Jackson Street, that is the association wants to be replaced with a modern 22,000 square-foot building at an estimated cost of $23 million, according to their website:
The new facility will consists of 22,000 sq. ft. of fully accessible community and classroom space including a state of the art auditorium-gymnasium. The new center will also provide in-home care services for frail elderly seniors through School Settlement Home Care.
Modern classrooms, including a computer lab
State-of-the-art auditorium to support local theater arts
Gymnasium for youth recreation activities
Elevators and fully handicapped-accessible entrances
Community office space
School Settlement Home Care, provider of in-home care services to the frail elderly
The SSA lists $1.1 million in funding committed by St. Nicks Alliance “from the anticipated Greenpoint Hospital Campus developer fee and has completed preliminary design and secured approval from Community Board 1 and NYC Board of Standards and Appeal.”
Additionally, the Greenpoint Star explains that $4 million has been secured out of a $9.5 million request in funding from the NYC City Council and Borough President Eric Adam’s office. “State representatives have pledged an additional $2 million for the project. The St. Nicks board has raised $1.486 million itself,” the Greenpoint Star reports.
The Williamsburg Settlement was formed in 1901 and the Jackson Street building has served North Brooklyn residents since 1930.