FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 25, 2017   
CONTACT: Juliet Pierre-Antoine (HPD), morrisj@hpd.nyc.gov
Angela Montefinise (NYPL), angelamontefinise@nypl.org
Amy Geduldig (NYPL), amygeduldig@nypl.org

 

HPD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NYPL RELEASES A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS  TO REDEVELOP INWOOD LIBRARY, CREATE NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES, AND A NEW UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN FACILITY IN UPPER MANHATTAN 

City seeks development proposals for a new public library, 100% affordable housing, and a 50-seat Universal Pre-Kindergarten facility

The selection process for the Inwood Library RFP will be subject to new guidelines that include a new preference for community development plans and experience, recognition of development experience in affordable housing preservation, and less burdensome architectural submission requirements

 

New York, NY - The New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) in partnership with The New York Public Library (NYPL), announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to create a high-quality, sustainable, and mixed-use affordable housing development at 4790 Broadway in Manhattan. The site will include a new public library to be operated by NYPL, 100 percent affordable housing, and a brand new Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) facility that will be operated by the New York City Department of Education (DOE). This announcement comes after months of community engagement and neighborhood planning exercises to gather community input through the Inwood Affordable Housing and Library Planning Process.

“Listening to voices in the neighborhood is a crucial part of our planning process, and this feedback is reflected throughout the Inwood RFP,” said Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “Through this project, we will be able to renew the Inwood public library, provide a brand new Universal Pre-Kindergarten facility, and create 100 percent affordable housing for New Yorkers. I would like to thank the Inwood residents who participated in the neighborhood planning process, and the teams at HPD and the New York Public Library for their hard work on this project.”

“A modernized Inwood Library, additional space for UPK, and new building with 100% affordable housing will be invaluable additions to the community as we work to provide additional opportunities for Inwood residents,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat. “Today's announcement is an investment in this working-class neighborhood that, upon the project’s completion, will benefit Inwood residents for years to come.”

 “The new Inwood Library will become a symbol for how to best address the needs of our community, combining desperately needed affordable housing, quality education and a beautiful space for minds of all ages to gather,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, “all without losing a square foot of space. This project is one I am proud to stand behind as it guarantees a mechanism to retain public control, ensures 100% affordability and provides numerous other benefits to Inwood residents. I especially appreciate that HPD and NYPL have included incentives for community non-profit developers to bid on this exciting project, which allows for a neighborhood-focused approach at the grassroots level. At the end, we'll have a great new library with an important focus on STEM education, helping propel our students into the jobs of the future.”

"The redevelopment of Inwood Library will allow our branch and staff to better serve the community. With greater accessibility, significant upgrades to technology, and improvements to public and community spaces, the new Library will reflect the needs of this thriving community and create more opportunities for those who live and work in the neighborhood," said Danita Nichols, NYPL's Inwood Branch Library Manager.

The new library will be the same size as the current Inwood Library with a more efficient layout, new spaces for youth and adult education, and upgraded technology. The new library will maintain existing services such as early literacy and ‘storytime’ programs, technology classes for adults and families, bilingual materials and resources, while providing additional space for computers, classes, a community room, and more.  The new library will be primarily funded through capital funding from HPD and a $5 million dollar grant from Robin Hood.

The affordable housing development may include multi-family, senior, and/or supportive housing units. Preference will be given to proposals that respond to the Inwood Affordable Housing and Library Development Community Visioning Report, which was created with community input through a series of Community Visioning Workshops. Community residents voiced a desire for housing for extremely low-income households, formerly homeless households, and seniors. All proposals must include a set-aside of at least 10 percent of units for formerly homeless households.

The DOE-operated UPK facility will occupy approximately 4,000 square feet of the new development to allow for three classrooms. The facility will also have a 1,350 square foot outdoor recreation space for a UPK children’s play area. It is anticipated that the program will create an opportunity for more than 50 children to receive free, full-day, high-quality pre-K services. To learn more about applying for UPK, visit DOE’s website.

Respondents must follow the guidelines outlined in the RFP and submit proposals that include accessible and affordable mixed-income housing, the library, and UPK portions of the program, as well as community development investments such as public infrastructure, community programs, neighborhood retail, open spaces and/or community facilities. HPD and NYPL encourage submissions from Minority and/or Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), and Community Development Corporations (CDCs). Recent changes to the RFP selection process will allow non-profit organizations the opportunity to highlight vital programmatic work. Furthermore, there is now a preference for submissions that include a developer’s history of neighborhood investment  and/or community programming and services.

The deadline for submissions will be November 20, 2017. HPD strongly recommends that all interested respondents attend the pre-submission conference scheduled at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 12th at 100 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038 in Room 8F-14. RSVPs are required as space is limited. To view the full RFP and learn more, please visit the Inwood Affordable Housing and Library Development Project webpage on HPD’s website.

 
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About The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.

About The New York Public Library:
The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves nearly 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.