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This article was written on 20 Feb 2013, and is filled under New York, Prison Reuse Quick Facts.

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REUSING FULTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

The Fulton Correctional Facility, a minimum-secure state prison in the South Bronx, one of the poorest areas in the nation, was closed in 2011. A widely respected non-profit provider of services to men and women in New York State’s prisons, the Osborne Association is pursuing an opportunity to convert the closed prison into a Reentry and Economic Development Center. An architectural plan for renovating and repurposing the 6-floor facility has been developed. The center will provide multiple services for people reentering the community from prison, including transitional housing and workforce development services. A key part of the workforce program will be incubation of new Bronx-based businesses that can employ program participants. Services will be provided both by Osborne and by a consortium of other providers through a community advisory process.

STATE: New York

PRISON: Fulton Correctional Facility

ADDRESS: 1511 Fulton Ave., Bronx, NY 10457

COUNTY: Bronx

WHEN BUILT: 1906

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PROPERTY HISTORY: Episcopalian Church House, Jewish Center with YMHA and synagogue, nursing home, drug rehabilitation center, minimum-security state prison

MOST RECENT USE: minimum-security state prison opened in 1975 and closed in 2011

INTENDED REUSE: Mixed use including transitional residence and support services for people coming out of prison, job training, small business incubation, and rental units

OWNER/DEVELOPER: Osborne Association, Inc.  (non-profit organization); Thomas Mott Osborne Memorial Fund

PROJECTED COMPLETION OF BUILDING RENOVATION:  2014

CAPITAL FINANCING:  Owner and New York State Economic Transformation Program, Bronx Borough President

STATUS AS OF October 2014: property transferred in FY 2013-2014 state budget to Thomas Mott Osborne Memorial Fund; $6 million provided by New York State for redevelopment; and $650,000 grant provided by the Bronx Borough President.

The grant of up to $6 million will  fund structural and programmatic redesign, emergency and interim housing, workforce development services including job training and placement, and business development designed to support other social enterprises that help hire the formerly incarcerated. When completed, the former prison will be transformed into the Fulton Economic Development and Community Reentry Center.

Conversations with the community about the prison reuse plan are scheduled throughout the Fall of 2014 into early 2015.

 MORE INFORMATION:

The Osborne Association at http://www.osborneny.org/post.cfm?postID=204

Facebook page for the Fulton prison re-use project  https://www.facebook.com/FutureFulton/info

Senator Rivera Speaks on the Transfer of the Fulton Correctional Facility in the Bronx

New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera (website)
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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