For Immediate Release: April 9, 2018
Contact: Matthew Creegan, 212-863-7879
HPD Requests Development Plans for Two City-Owned Sites in Midtown Manhattan
Agency issues RFP to transform vacant City-owned sites into affordable housing
NEW YORK, NY – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer today announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking qualified teams to develop two City-owned sites in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. The RFP seeks proposals for two mixed-use, affordable housing developments in the heart of a busy mixed-use area of New York City, surrounded by a commercial corridor, parks, transit, and cultural institutions.
The sites, currently under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are part of the City’s Western Rail Yard plan, today known as Hudson Yards, and were identified for future affordable housing to support the future growth of the city as a place for residents of all economic levels. Proposals must provide affordable housing for a mix of incomes and comply with the provisions of the Western Rail Yard Rezoning Points of Agreement.
“Deploying public sites for affordable housing development is a critical component of Housing New York 2.0 and our efforts to secure greater affordability across all our neighborhoods,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “Through this RFP, we are making good on the promise of the Hudson Yards development plan and looking to generate dynamic proposals that will add to the fabric of the neighborhood and respond to the needs and priorities of the community. I thank the many local elected officials for their support as well as my colleagues at MTA and DEP for their partnership in creating much-needed affordable housing opportunities for our city’s residents.”
“The release of this RFP represents the City's commitment to keeping the Hell's Kitchen community affordable to low-and moderate income earners. I thank the Department of Housing Preservation and Development for working with my office and the local community board to deliver a project that will meet the need of more affordable housing for working class New Yorkers," said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
“Manhattan needs every bit of new affordable housing it can get, so I’m pleased the City is moving forward with this RFP,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I also applaud the work of Community Board 4 and other stakeholders who have already begun examining the possibilities and challenges posed by these sites, and look forward to working with HPD to ensure any new development addresses the community’s needs.”
"With its careful planning and creativity, Manhattan Community Board 4 has another affordable housing win under its belt," said Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal. "Along with CB4 and community activists, I have advocated for 100% affordable housing on these city-owned lots for years. As the homeless crisis continues to balloon, it is imperative that the city deliver relief to struggling communities by efficiently replicating this housing lot success story borough-wide."
The development area offers a combined total of approximately 43,000 square feet across two distinct sites. The Ninth Avenue Site, known as “Site A” or “the MTA Site,” is located at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and 54th Street. The Tenth Avenue Site, known as “Site B” or “the DEP Site”, is located on the western side of Tenth Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets. Respondents to the RFP must submit development plans for both sites, which will be developed into 100 percent affordable housing.
Ninth Avenue site: located at 806 Ninth Avenue, the development site is city-owned land leased to the New York City Transportation Authority (NYCT). The development site size is approximately 21,500 square feet and is currently a parking lot for the adjacent NYCT facility. Proposals to develop affordable housing must be for a mixed-use building that includes ground floor retail as well as 30,000 square feet of office space and below-grade parking for the NYCT.
Tenth Avenue site: located at 705 Tenth Avenue, the development site is approximately 22,220 square feet. The site is currently vacant and includes a rail cut for the Amtrak Empire Line. Proposals to develop affordable housing on this site must include a public restroom. An open space will be developed by the NYC Parks adjacent to the site.
“DEP is proud to have partnered with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development in identifying a site that presents a unique opportunity to transform vacant space into affordable housing,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza.
“We are happy to work collaboratively with HPD, the MTA and DEP to enhance these future mixed-use properties with the inclusion of new open space in Hell’s Kitchen,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “When fully funded, designed and executed, this new public space will benefit this densely populated community greatly.”
The developments will be part of the City’s Housing New York 2.0 plan to finance 300,000 affordable homes by 2026. The City has financed 87,557 affordable apartments since 2014. To achieve these goals, HPD has accelerated the RFP pipeline, advancing the remaining sites within its dwindling inventory of vacant land suitable for residential development, as well as other public sites identified for affordable housing development. As a result, since January 2014, the City has already issued RFPs for 66 projects across 200 public sites that will generate more than 10,800 affordable homes.
The RFP reflects recent reforms in HPD’s selection process. A preference will now be given to development teams that can demonstrate a successful track record of community investments and economic development, as well as proposals that include a plan for meaningful community engagement as a part of their affordable housing development plans. Also, HPD has changed the way development experience is assessed to give equal weight to developers who have significant housing rehabilitation experience.
The deadline for submissions to the RFP will be July 13, 2018. For more information and to obtain a copy of the RFP, please view the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen RFP webpage.
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 Plan which was recently expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0 to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule—by 2022, and achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026. For full details visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.