2002-09-26 / Top Stories

Starrett City Is Now Spring Creek Towers

By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (holding microphone) stands with Carol Deane, representing Starrett City Associates, the owners of the development; State Senator John Sampson (far right) and Chairman of Community Board 5 Earl Williams during ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday designating former Starrett at Spring Creek to be hereafter called Spring Creek Towers.     												       Charles RogersBrooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (holding microphone) stands with Carol Deane, representing Starrett City Associates, the owners of the development; State Senator John Sampson (far right) and Chairman of Community Board 5 Earl Williams during ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday designating former Starrett at Spring Creek to be hereafter called Spring Creek Towers. Charles Rogers

Back in 1976, when it was first established, the sprawling, 46-building complex located just a mile or so east of Canarsie was called Starrett City. Then, about four years ago, because it sounded so good, they changed the name to Starrett at Spring Creek.

Now — as of yesterday — it’s losing the Starrett title altogether, and will heretofore be called Spring Creek Towers.

In a ceremony attended by executives of the complex, along with elected officials, community leaders and other dignitaries, huge canvas drapes covering billboards facing the Belt Parkway signifying the name change were pulled away in a "ribbon cutting" gesture.

"We’re updating many things in the community," said Devorah Fong, the complex’s public relations spokesperson. "Since there is such a tremendous revitalization going on, including the establishment of Gateway Center, we decided it would be fitting to change our name too." Gateway Center, located just east of the 20,000-resident housing complex, is a large shopping mall scheduled to open fully by the end of October. Some stores, including Home Depot,are almost ready to open their doors to the public. Fong said Spring Creek Towers is in the midst of a $70 million capital improvement program that will bring new parks and other amenities.

Fong said Spring Creek Towers is the largest federally funded housing complex in the country. It has its own police security force, power plant and cable TV station.

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