FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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HPD ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR 5 CLUSTERS OF SMALL VACANT CITY OWNED LOTS IN BROOKLYN AND MANHATTAN
New York, NY - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer today announced the selection of development teams to build 100 percent affordable developments on five clusters of small parcels of vacant City-owned land. The developments will be financed through HPD’s New Infill Homeownership Opportunities Program (NIHOP) and the Neighborhood Construction Program (NCP). The teams will lead the construction of 9 buildings with a combined total of 182 units of affordable housing.
“Vacant land has become an invaluable asset in our city. We are thrilled to announce the designations of these small City-owned lots and look forward to the upcoming development of much needed affordable housing in Brooklyn and Manhattan,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.
This announcement delivers on the commitments of the Mayor’s Housing New York plan to maximize resources and encourage neighborhood focused development. These programs were designed to encourage the development capacity among smaller developers with a particular focus on local non-profits. The development teams in this first round of designations include four non-profit community based organizations. HPD anticipates two additional rounds of designations for NIHOP and NCP programs.
Christopher Kui, Executive Director of Asian Americans For Equality (AAFE) said: “Maintaining the cultural vibrancy of communities like the Lower East Side starts with people having an affordable place to live. This partnership will continue AAFE’s mission of creating affordable housing and stable communities where families and culture can thrive. We want to thank Mayor de Blasio and HPD for their commitment and dedication to affordable housing for Lower East Siders and all New Yorkers.”
"For 38 years,” said Reverend David K. Brawley, “we’ve been building and re-building neighborhoods throughout New York City. EBC leaders have regenerated -- not gentrified -- Brownsville, East New York and the South Bronx through 4,831 Nehemiah homes and apartments, 3 new schools and safer streets. Today we are proud to partner with The Marcal Group, MLappin & Associates and the city to continue this regeneration of Ocean Hill and Brownsville." Reverend Brawley is the co-chair of East Brooklyn Congregations & lead pastor of St. Paul Community Baptist Church.
Mark Caller, principal of The Marcal Group says "We're pleased to be working with the City, EBC and MLappin & Associates to develop these sites and to further the City's affordable housing goals."
"MLappin & Associates LLC is excited to be working once again with its partners, EBC and the Marcal Group, and with HPD to create new affordable housing for the City's residents," says Michael Lappin. He is the founding partner, and was President of the Community Preservation Corp. from 1980 to 2011.
The sites in this first round are located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville and Bushwick sections of Brooklyn, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
633-639 DeKalb Avenue and 1187 Fulton Street in Brooklyn will be developed by St. Nick’s Alliance and Bed-Stuy Restoration. Both buildings will be designed to meet Passive House standards and will have a combined total of 39 affordable homes. The buildings will feature an outdoor children’s play area, rooftop access, landscaped outdoor space, planters for building residents at the DeKalb Avenue site, and commercial space at the Fulton Avenue site.
648-654 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn will be developed by St. Nick’s Alliance and Bed-Stuy Restoration. Both buildings will be designed to meet Passive House standards and will have a combined total of 44 affordable homes. The buildings will feature an outdoor children’s play area, rooftop access, landscaped outdoor space, and a community room.
1875 Bergen Street/379 Howard Avenue and 1297 East New York Avenue in Brooklyn will be developed by East Brooklyn Congregations in partnership with MLappin & Associates and the Marcal Group. Both buildings will have a combined total of 32 affordable homes. The buildings will feature landscaped outdoor space, and individual balconies
332 Eldert Street and 63 Stockholm Street in Brooklyn will be developed by St. Nick’s Alliance and Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. Both buildings will be designed to meet Passive House standards and will have a combined total of 23 affordable homes. Design plans feature a landscaped outdoor space at 63 Stockholm Street and roof access at the 332 Eldert Street site.
276 East 3rd Street and 302 East 2nd Street in Manhattan will be developed Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. Both buildings will be designed to meet Passive House standards and will have a combined total of 44 affordable homes. Design plans feature a roof garden that could serve as a kitchen garden for residents, laundry room, and an adjoining play room and a recreation area in the rear yard with play space.
In December 2014, HPD released the NIHOP&NCP RFQ for the development of homeownership and rental opportunities through small homes and coops/condos (NIHOP) and mid-sized rental buildings (NCP) on city-owned infill parcels. HPD received a significant number of submissions for 23 clusters of over 170 tax lots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Today’s announcement is the first of three designation announcements.
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.