Merchants Capital to Redevelop Former Triboro Hospital Into Supportive Housing in Jamaica, Queens

T Building (Merchants Capital / Dunn Development Corp.)T Building (Merchants Capital / Dunn Development Corp.)

Merchants Capital recently secured funding to redevelop a historic hospital structure in Jamaica, Queens into low-income and supportive housing. The announced funding package amounts to $21 million in the form of a Freddie Mac unfunded forward Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) cash loan on behalf of private affordable housing developer Dunn Development Corp.

Designed by architect John Russell Pope in the 1940s, the 11-story building functioned as the Triboro Hospital for Tuberculosis. It was later converted into a general hospital in the 1970s. While the hospital is no longer in use, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2019.

Historic image of the T-Building (Merchants Capital / Dunn Development Corp.)

Historic image of the T-Building (Merchants Capital / Dunn Development Corp.)

Historic image of the T-Building (Merchants Capital / Dunn Development Corp.)

Historic image of the T-Building (Merchants Capital / Dunn Development Corp.)

Following renovations, the building will debut as the T-Building and is expected to complete by July 2021. The 200-unit development will provide a mix of supportive housing for special needs and homeless tenants, as well as affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households.

T-Building will offer on-site social services, two community rooms, a restored library and computer room, an exercise room, a laundry room, indoor bicycle parking, roof terraces, and an outdoor children’s play area. The site also includes a surface parking lot with approximately 100 spaces.

“We are proud to continue supporting projects that allow homeless families to live in dignity,” said Merchants Capital executive vice president Mathew Wambua. “Securing the largest allocation ever made in New York City is a great achievement for the development team and we look forward to assisting with projects that serve an immediate need in our community.”

Aerial image of the T Building (Merchants Capital / Dunn Development Corp.)

Aerial image of the T Building (Merchants Capital / Dunn Development Corp.)

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4 Comments on "Merchants Capital to Redevelop Former Triboro Hospital Into Supportive Housing in Jamaica, Queens"

  1. I want to tell: My mother said I am an angel born as a human being, at this time my body’s height moved up slowly and continuously. Which my mother thought I had deceived myself, but my mother measured the height on me with her own hands: And the truth is I don’t lie. (Thanks for your moving forward)

  2. Literaaly, last night I was praying for the homeless. Asking God to touch a mllion/billionaire to respond to the need of the homeless, even if it was the size of a studio apt. They need to feel secure in their own space. God is great and you are an angel sent by God. I must admit that about 25 yrs ago I was trying to get the hospital to use the space for housing for our Resident docors in training because of their low salaries.

  3. A noble effort. There is still some humanity left in our souls.

  4. Yes there is hope for the homeless just continue to pray and seek the Lord homeless people are people too

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