October 6, 2016

$52.7 Million Preservation Effort Keeps 41-Year-Old Mitchell-Lama Development Affordable for Seniors for an Additional 40 Years

Brooklyn, NY – October 6, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) joined residents and development partners MDG Design + Construction (MDG), Hudson Valley Property Group (HVPG), and Marien-Heim Tower Associates LP to celebrate the renovation of Marien-Heim Tower, a 181-unit affordable development for low-income seniors aged 62 and older. Marien-Heim Tower, a Mitchell-Lama development in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, recently completed a nearly $53 million state financed and federally assisted rehabilitation project to preserve long-term affordability. 
“Marien-Heim Tower illustrates HUD’s ongoing commitment to providing and preserving affordable housing for our seniors,” said Holly Leicht, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “Originally financed and built through a HUD-insured loan, residents have benefited from federally subsidized rents for decades. Now, thanks to our Rental Assistance Demonstration, those affordable rents will be preserved, and much-needed repairs will make residents proud to call Marien-Heim Tower home.”

June 29, 2016

2016 Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner Honored Raymond Quartararo, Michael T. Rooney, Gandolfo Vincent (Vince) DiBlasi, & Deacon John R. Sucich

The annual event, which was attended by 730 guests and raised $1,250,000 toward the work of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, the human services agency of the Diocese of Brooklyn...

April 28, 2016

Old Brooklyn Fire Headquarters Awarded Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award

"More than 500 people gathered at the Riverside Church to applaud an impressive list of Moses Award winners from across the City. The Moses Awards are the Conservancy’s highest honors for outstanding preservation. We think of them as the “Oscars” of preservation. This year we honored Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and the West End Preservation Society, as well as the owners and stewards of historic buildings across the City who completed extraordinary restoration and reuse projects in 2015..." 

Among the awardees was MDG's Jay Street Firehouse.

MARCH 2, 2016

$11M Deal to Preserve Affordable North Amityville Development

By Real Estate Weekly

"The Town of Babylon IDA and MDG Design + Construction (MDG) along with their development partners Ken Oppenheimer, Hudson Valley Property Group, and Hudson Housing Capital have closed an $11.7 million deal to preserve Andpress Plaza, a 51-unit multifamily affordable housing development located in North Amityville in Long Island..."

October 21, 2015

An Old Firehouse in Brooklyn Gets a New Spark

By Corinne Ramey of the Wall Street Journal

"In the 1890s, Brooklyn firemen would use the 80-foot-tall turret of their firehouse to check on conditions all across the city. Today, the Brooklyn Fire Department Headquarters is an apartment building, with its 18 units classified as affordable housing.

Developer MDG Design + Construction and the nonprofit Pratt Area Community Council recently renovated the building at 365 Jay St., replicating the original exterior in painstaking detail, said Michael Rooney Jr., the developer’s vice president.

'We literally matched the designs to old photos,' he said..." 

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November 25, 2014

MDG Design + Construction and Hudson Valley complete one of NYC's First RAD Conversions while preserving 182 Unit Mitchell-Lama in Brooklyn

Marien-Heim Tower, Inc was developed and constructed in 1975 under the federal Section 236 program administered by HUD. Since 1975, it has been provided housing to low-income senior citizens in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. Now over 40 years later, Marien-Heim will receive an extensive rehabilitation thatincludes new kitchens (cabinets, appliances, flooring, sink, painting), bathroom sinks and toilers and apartment floor repairs. Additionally, the renovation will include lobby and public hall beautification including building entry doors, flooring, wall treatment and lighting. The renovation plans are expected to be Enterprise Green Communities certified; “green” features will include new landscaping and resident enjoyment areas including benches, tables and planted areas, newly refurbished laundry rooms, new energy efficient boilers, burners and hot water heaters, new energy efficient lighting throughout the apartments, and new windows throughout the building. The buildings’ security system will be overhauled with new security cameras in strategic locations.

While installing many new features, the scope of work will also address much needed exterior restoration needs, including extensive masonry repair and restoration, new flashing, window replacement, balcony repairs and balcony door replacement. Overall the renovations will address water penetration, sustainability, energy efficiency, quality of life and beautification of the property.

The preservation and development of Marien-Heim was funded by tax-exempt bonds issued by the New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA), and utilizes as-of-right 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) in connect with the bonds. Furthermore, Marien-Heim is one of the first project in New York City to participate in HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program in connection with the new financing.

August 14, 2013

Renovation Finally Happening for Landmarked Firehouse on Jay Street

Pratt Area Community Council has partnered with MDG to renovate and restore the iconic firehouse on 365 Jay Street in Brooklyn.  This historic building, known for its nostalgic look that has lasted since the 1890's, will be renovated to look nearly identical to its original look.  It is MDG's pleasure to be a part of the restoration of such a timeless piece.


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Jay Street Firehouse c. 1920

Jay Street Firehouse c. 1920

November 9, 2011

MDG Receives Progress of Peoples Award

At Catholic Charities' 63rd Annual Bishop's Reception, MDG received the Progress of Peoples Award from the Catholic Charities.  MDG is honored to receive this award and hopes for many more years of uniting with Catholic Charities in order to change lives and build strong communities.


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