LGBTQ Health Care Provider Opening First Brooklyn Location



Callen-Lorde Community Health Center has signed a 25,000-square-foot lease at 40 Flatbush Avenue Extension in Downtown Brooklyn, Commercial Observer has learned.

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The nonprofit organization, which provides health care needs to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (or LGBTQ) community and those with HIV and AIDS, will take the entire third floor of the property between Chapel and Concord Streets. The asking rent in the 20-year deal was in the $40s per square foot, according to the tenant’s broker, Cushman & Wakefield.

“Our Brooklyn expansion represents the [Callen-Lorde] board’s ongoing commitment to our core mission of providing sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities—in all their diversity—regardless of ability to pay,” Callen-Lorde Board Chair Laura Jacobs said in a statement. “During a time when threats to health care access are ever-present, we feel a deep commitment to bring expanded services to New Yorkers who need them most.”

Callen-Lorde’s Brooklyn location will officially open in 2019. It will house a health care facility and offices.

“We were able to identify a location that will allow Callen-Lorde to make its presence felt in Brooklyn and serve a community in need of its services,” C&W’s Carri Lyon, who represented the tenant with colleague Mitzi Flexer, said in prepared remarks.

Joseph Jemal of ISJ Management represented the landlord, 40 Flatbush Realty Associates, in-house. Jemal did not immediately return a request for comment.

Callen-Lorde already has one location each in Manhattan and the Bronx. Its headquarters is at 356 West 18th Street between Ninth and Eighth Avenues in Chelsea.