St. Ann’s Avenue/East 142nd Street RFP

Release date: 2/17/2015
Submission deadline: 5/22/2015
Designation date: 1/14/2016

Designation

HPD and HDC announced the selection of a team led by The Community Builders, Inc., to develop the St. Ann's Avenue / East 142nd Street site. The development plan includes the creation of 105 apartments with rents that will be affordable to households earning a range of incomes up to $62,000 annually for a family of three. The project will also include permanent housing for formerly homeless individuals and families, who will have access to onsite supportive services and a workforce development program provided by BronxWorks. It will bring a much-needed commercial use to the site, a grocery store, which will provide access to fresh foods for the neighborhood and invigorate pedestrian activity on this portion of St. Ann’s Avenue. The building has been designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and includes unique indoor and outdoor amenities for tenants.

Highlights of the project include:

  • Commercial mix: The development will feature a 6,000 square foot grocery store to provide the neighborhood with access to fresh food and much needed street-level activity.
  • Community facility: BronxWorks will occupy a 4,500 square foot community facility space to offer supportive services for residents occupying the supportive housing onsite, and operate several of its programs that will serve the surrounding community, including: The Jobs-Plus Program, Strong Fathers Strong Families Program, Young Adult Internship Program, and Family Self-Sufficiency Program.
  • Quality design: The design opens the development up to the surrounding community with a breezeway that leads from St. Ann’s Avenue to the rear-yard of the building. The lobby, at the corner of St. Ann’s Avenue and East 142nd Street, features an active stair that is completely visible through a fully glazed exterior. The rear-yard can be opened up to the adjacent public park during certain hours or for events, and the rooftop design includes a jogging/walking path, maximizing the principles of Active Design.
  • Sustainable design: The proposal scored very high on HPD’s Enterprise Green Communities Criteria due to the project’s efficient use of space, rooftop solar panels, and green wall on the rear façade. As mentioned, the building is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Release

HPD released the RFP inviting developers to submit proposals to develop a mixed-use, mixed-income development with approximately 100 new affordable apartments in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. The development site was a vacant, City-owned lot located at St. Ann's Avenue and East 142nd Street.

The RFP encouraged developers/teams to be guided by the neighborhood makeup and demographics for the proposal. Proposals were required to provide at least 15 percent three-bedroom units, and no more than 15 percent studio units. In addition to the residential component, proposals should presume a future rezoning which will facilitate the inclusion of ground-floor retail that provides local services and/or community facility space.

A pre-submission conference was held at HPD, 100 Gold Street, 1R, New York, NY on March 4, 2015 at 10:00am.

RFP Forms

St. Ann’s Avenue/East 142nd Street RFP Register and Download

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