HPD is currently planning for the future development of new affordable housing and a new state-of-the-art library at the Inwood Branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL). In January 2017, HPD, NYPL, and The Robin Hood Foundation issued a questionnaire and facilitated three community visioning workshops to gather public input for this future development. The purpose of the workshops was to facilitate meaningful community engagement, identify community priorities, and gather ideas for site development from those who live and work in Inwood and have an intimate understanding of neighborhood conditions and needs.
The Inwood Affordable Housing and Library Development Project Community Visioning Report (Español), compiled by the HPD Office of Neighborhood Strategies, summarizes the results of the workshops and shares additional feedback received through email, Community Board presentations, and questionnaires.
On August 25, 2017, HPD in partnership with NYPL issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of the Inwood Public Library, the development of new affordable housing, and the development of a new Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) facility in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. On March 6, 2018, HPD, HDC, and NYPL announced development plans for 175 deeply affordable apartments and the new public library. The Eliza, named in honor of Eliza Hamilton, will be developed by a joint venture between the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), Ranger Properties, Alembic, and the Children's village.