The Board of Directors of Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) announced today that they have appointed Emilio Dorcely, who until now held the position of Chief Operating Officer, as the organization’s Acting President & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dorcely succeeds Rhonda A. Lewis, who resigned at the end of 2011 after more than a decade at the helm of BSDC. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Dorcely had already assumed most of the day to day responsibilities of running the organization upon Ms. Lewis’ departure.
Senior citizens are learning to surf at Bridge Street’s Quincy Senior Residences—surf the internet, that is! Through a continuing partnership with Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) offers Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Computing classes for older adults throughout the year. The goal of the classes is to empower and support older adults in living successful, independent lives by using technology to connect them to resources, services, communities, and one another.
The construction of Noel Pointer Court, Bridge Street Development Corporation’s (BSDC) newest, 23-unit, affordable housing building at 790 Lafayette Avenue, is now 80% complete, with all major construction work done and all mechanical systems installed.
On Thursday, June 21, Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) hosted nearly seventy concerned community residents, business owners, and representatives from local nonprofit organizations at Fashion Rock Hall for Mapping the Road Ahead: Living in a Rapidly Changing Community.
On Saturday, June 16, more than 300 people flocked under the tent at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza for Bridge Street Development Corporation’s third annual Fresh Start Home Resource Expo, emceed by WWRL radio’s morning show host, Mark Riley.
On November 5, 2011 at Boys and Girls High School, Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC), in recognition of National Family Caregivers Awareness Month, hosted our first Family Caregivers Awareness Day, a daylong event meant to thank, support, educate and empower the numerous, unsung family caregivers of Central Brooklyn. Family caregivers are people who provide for the physical and psychological well-being of older parents, chronically ill spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones unable to fully care for themselves.
On Tompkins Avenue near the corner of Hancock, pampered clients spend the afternoon receiving pedicures, facials, massages, haircuts, and more. Some also opt for the flea and tick dip. At The New Bed-Stuy Animal Spa, owner Joseph Foster has been beautifying Bed-Stuy’s beloved pets for more than 13 years and, with assistance from BSDC, his family business has thrived.
In 2006, after saving every dollar she could from her earnings as a retail manager with a national department store, Sharon was finally able to make one of her life’s dreams come true by purchasing a two-family home. She delighted in being a homeowner—whether it was painting and redecorating, planting flowers, fixing a leaky sink, or otherwise making the house her own, she knew she was investing in her future and adding to the value of her home. She rented out the second unit in the house, the income from which covered about half of her monthly mortgage payments.
Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC), a mainstay of affordable housing in Central Brooklyn, recently broke ground on Noel Pointer Court, a new residential building at 790 Lafayette Avenue that will provide twenty-three apartments to low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
Bridge Street Development Corporation was featured in the NY Daily News in an article about our successful transformation of 300 Putnam Avenue from a neglected, crime-ridden apartment building into 300 Joshua Court, a clean, safe home with 52 units, solar paneling and eco-friendly building materials.
Brooklyn, NY – July 13, 2010 -- Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) has taken the first step in creating Bedford Stuyvesant’s sustainable future, with the unveiling of the newly renovated and rehabilitated 300 Putnam Avenue -- aka Joshua Court -- and its new solar-panel enhancements, it was announced by Rhonda A. Lewis, BSDC President & Chief Executive Officer, at a press conference and public reception during the grand opening of the six-story/52-unit residence, Tuesday, July 13, 2010 in Brooklyn, New York.
Bridge Street brings a dying building back to life
“Last summer, for the first time in 15 years, we finally got a permit to have our block party,” says Michelle Agins, co-president of the Putnam Avenue Block Association. The reason homeowners couldn’t agree to hold a block party sooner, she says, was fear of violent crime at 300 Putnam Avenue, a distressed, Section 8 property in the middle of the block. This six-story, 52-unit, partially occupied apartment complex was abandoned by its owner in 2005.
Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) and Brooklyn Botanic Garden are beautifying our community one block at a time. On March 18th, we gathered leaders of block tenant merchants in Bedford-Stuyvesant for a “Green Theme Workshop”. With a presentation by Karla Osorio of Greenbridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the event focused on “How to Make Brooklyn Beautiful”, and included caring for trees, plants and shrubs in our neighborhood.
Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) and our community partners at “Know the Facts: Don’t Lose Your Home” hosted a Tax Lien Help Night on Thursday, April 22nd for Bedford-Stuyvesant residents, that have a lien on their property due to unpaid property taxes or water/sewer bills. Participants were able, to meet one-on-one with representatives of the City’s Department of Finance and Department of Environmental Protection to clear up these outstanding charges.
April 18th was “Empowerment Sunday” for 50 congregations throughout our community who joined Bridge Street Development Corporation (BSDC) and our partners in the Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford-Stuyvesant (CIBS) to combat foreclosure. The 50 congregations participated in “Empowerment Sunday” to combat this crisis and lead the way to financial restoration and wealth building.
“Here’s where we’ll have a planting garden for children. Over there is where the Japanese gazebo will go. And here, the benches and chess tables.”
On a chilly afternoon in early March 2010, Angela Stokes is standing in the backyard of 300 Putnam Avenue, a 52-unit, 6-story residential building on a block of neat brownstones in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.