New York City Metro
Urbane is a community development venture and certified MBE. Founded in 2008, and with offices in New York and Philadelphia, Urbane builds the infrastructure that catalyzes community wealth. Our approach centers on strengthening community anchors through a multi-disciplinary approach - research and analytics, business and development advisory services, and place-based investing in mixed-use real estate, small businesses, and other non-traditional assets aimed at generating long term prosperity and community wealth creation. We envision neighborhoods that are defined by their strengths and experienced as places of opportunity and innovation, building bridges toward an equitable distribution of wealth and power by fostering community-led solutions and centering the wisdom and local innovation that already exists to facilitate a future of prosperity and shared wealth.
Urbane’s client base includes municipalities, economic development agencies, foundations, financial institutions, real estate developers, community-based organizations, and small businesses throughout the US.
With a brand refresh and new website, along with a forthcoming nonprofit arm and impact investing funds, let alone exciting projects in the pipeline – 2021 and beyond has us excited about the possibilities – and those possibilities necessarily include fresh new, diverse perspectives!
Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace + The Mangrove Business Incubator Facilities
FCM is a Caribbean-themed marketplace featuring 30+ vendors of food, fashion, home goods, crafts and more. The market was established in 2000 as a haven for local street vendors to operate their micro enterprises in a supportive space. Since its founding, FCM has served as a key commercial and cultural institution in Flatbush, connecting entrepreneurs to financial and technical resources needed to formalize and grow their businesses. In 2015, Urbane was selected to redevelop FCM, preserving the market’s cultural roots and ensuring the continuity of legacy businesses. The resulting project, Flatbush Central, includes a rebuilt market space for legacy vendors; new food hall, bars and test kitchen; the Mangrove Business Incubator, a comprehensive business incubator/accelerator with a commercial kitchen, a body care production lab and design studio; and a public plaza – all co-located with Caton Flats, a 255 unit affordable housing development. This combined infrastructure will serve as a small business development hub and a connector to the broader ecosystem of business supports and market opportunities across NYC.
The Mangrove is comprised of three unique incubator spaces including a natural body care production workshop, design studio and commercial kitchen. Each space is designed to support their specific industry with state-of-the-art equipment and industry expertise. The Mangrove is housed within Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace, home to a multi-vendor retail market, 2 bars, and food hall featuring the finest local chefs and culinary entrepreneurs.
The Mangrove Business Incubator facilities will host a series of programs and pathways to boost BIPOC entrepreneurship locally and across the Greater New York Metro area. Programs will be tailored to accelerate both established businesses as well as burgeoning enterprises in the start-up process. Entrepreneurs will have access to the production spaces via tiered memberships, while aspiring entrepreneurs will have access to the facilities through a seasonal incubator program and business curriculum designed to support business owners navigate the ins and outs of operating a sustainable business
Job Title: Maintenance Porter
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Urbane is seeking an organized, hard-working, and experienced Maintenance Porter to provide a variety of building maintenance and cleaning tasks at Flatbush Central.
As part of the Facilities and Visitor Experience team, the Maintenance Porter will create a safe and welcoming environment for our vendors, customers, incubator members, and visitors.
The salary range for this role is between $40,000 to $45,000 and is commensurate with experience. Urbane believes great benefits make great work possible. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), and generous vacation/PTO offerings. Urbane invests up to $1500/employee/year in professional development and personal growth.
To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Maintenance Porter” in the subject line along with your current resume, or hand deliver a printed resume to the Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace Management Office at 2123 Caton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11226 between 11am and 7pm Tuesday through Friday.
Employment is contingent upon successfully passing a background check which includes references from previous employers. Urbane Development Group LTD, is an equal opportunity employer which recruits, hires, trains, and promotes personnel for all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws