In 2011, New York State responded to the decrease in crime and incarceration by closing several prisons, including Fulton Correctional Facility in the Bronx. In 2013, Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature agreed to transfer the facility to Osborne’s nonprofit affiliate, the Thomas Mott Osborne Memorial Fund, Inc., based on Osborne’s proposal to transform the former prison at 1511 Fulton Avenue into a Community Reentry Center for returning citizens. During the planning process, Osborne was able to partner with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to engage the community to identify desired services for the reentry population and the surrounding community.
Osborne envisions that a consortium of service providers would team up to offer the services the community identified: transitional housing, workforce development services, including job training and placement, and reentry support services. Potential participants for this model would primarily be among the 2,500 men and women who return home to the Bronx from prison every year, or the thousands of Bronx residents who return from jail or are on probation or parole.
The building is currently being re-developed to include four program floors (offices and classrooms), a floor of community and dining space, and two residential floors with 32 beds per floor, divided into 1 – 4 person rooms. The basement kitchen will house Osborne’s “Fresh Start Catering”, a nonprofit catering and food-related social enterprise that trains and employs formerly incarcerated individuals, and will prepare meals for Fulton residents.
Osborne is seeking partners/tenants who share our commitment to offer INTEGRATIVE REENTRY SUPPORT through programs delivered on site or by close linkages, ranging from educational and vocational offerings, to health and legal services, enabling all participants to become stably housed, employed, and re-connected to family and community.
We have begun the redevelopment of the facility, built in 1906, with $9.7 million in capital support from Governor Andrew Cuomo, The NYS Assembly, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. Cost effective, real estate tax exempt rent for nonprofits will include building maintenance and management, shared reception, security, and telecommunications. We anticipate the completion of construction and building opening in January 2017.
For more information about Fulton or leasing opportunities, contact: Fernando Martinez, Fulton Project Director at (347) 498-2583 or FMartinez@osborneny.org.
The Fulton Community Reentry Center is located at:
1511 Fulton Ave.
Bronx, NY 10457
near the Claremont Parkway
entrance to Crotona Park.
It is accessible by the BX15 & BX17 bus lines.
Information on the official New York State handover of the former Fulton Correctional Facility
Media Coverage of the handover of the former Fulton Correctional Facility