Release date: 8/25/2017
Submission deadline: 11/20/2017
Designation date: 03/06/2018
HPD, HDC, and The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced development plans 175 deeply affordable apartments and a new public library to be owned and operated by the New York Public Library. The development will also feature community programming through an onsite Activities, Culture, Training (ACTS) Center and a brand new Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) facility that will be operated by the New York City Department of Education (DOE). Informed by community input after months of community engagement and neighborhood planning exercies through the Inwood Affordable Housing and Library Planning Process, the development plan establishes the renewed Inwood Library Branch as the core of the new building.
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. In addition to a new three-level library branch, the new thirteen story building will include a mix of studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, and three bedroom apartments that will be affordable to extremely low-, very low-, and low-income households. Housing will also be available to formerly homeless households. Building residents will have access to an onsite gym, tenant lounge, a kid’s playroom, a terrace, a roof garden, a bike room, and a laundry room.
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 funded through capital funding from HPD and a $5 million dollar grant from the Robin Hood Foundation.
Feedback from the extensive community visioning process incorporated into the development plan includes:
The renewed library will include an extensive collection of books and circulating material, digital resources, publicly accessible computers, and Wi-Fi access. The design will incorporate collaborative work spaces of varying sizes, quiet reading spaces for all ages, as well as open flexible space to accommodate classrooms for education programs. A large community room will be accessible both from the library and from a separate exterior entrance, so that it can continue to be available to the community outside of the regular library operating hours.
Guaranteed Deep Affordability
The development will be financed under Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York plan under the Extremely Low and Low-income Affordability (ELLA) program. The site is subject to the requirements of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) which will guarantee that approximately 25-30% of all homes will be permanently affordable through the MIH program. HPD will guarantee future control of the land through the use of a remainder interest—a legal tool that will give the City ownership of the property at the end of the initial affordability period, unless the owner agrees to extend the affordability period.
The new building will be designed to serve extremely low-, very low-, and low-income families with income caps set between $20,040 - $40,080 for individuals and $34,360 - $42,950 for a household of three according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2017 calculations. Over 20% of all apartments will be affordable to a family of three earning less than $26,000. Apartments will also be reserved for formerly homeless households.
Curated Community Spaces and Services
The new development will feature a mix of services for the community including an ACTS Center which will provide community facility space for health care, jobs training and cultural activities. The UPK facility will be a 4,030 square foot center accessible via a private corridor off of Broadway. The three classrooms will be connected to a 2,100 square foot exterior play terrace that will overlook the nearby public school athletic fields. The generously sized class rooms will have a full wall of windows and suite bathrooms.
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