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
WHEN BUILT: 1906
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.
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
New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera (website)
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013