For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 23, 2018
Contact: General HPD Press Contact, 


City Announces Request for Proposals for Innovative Modular Construction Project

City seeking development plans to create 100% affordable housing to serve households earning an annual income as low as $28,170 for a family of three

The Request for Proposals is the first of its kind to require modular construction methods bringing cutting-edge construction technology to the East New York Community


NEW YORK, NY – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer announces the release of a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design, construction, and management of a mixed-income and mixed-use affordable housing development in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. This is the first time in history that the City has required modular construction, a construction method the City is leveraging under Housing New York 2.0, to accelerate the development of additional affordable housing in New York City.

Modular construction reduces construction cost and development time by allowing for construction of modules offsite. The modules are then transported and rapidly assembled on the development site.

“As Housing New York 2.0 revs up the City’s affordable housing engine, innovations in building and design technology can help us move faster and smarter. The Grant Avenue RFP will be key to developing our understanding of how modular housing can work for the New York market,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen.

“New York City has long been a nerve center for housing innovation, and under Housing New York 2.0 we’re continuing that tradition of pioneering new solutions to address our city’s housing crisis. Not only will this RFP generate proposals for much needed affordable housing on City-owned land, it is the first of its kind to require the use of modular construction techniques to bring affordable housing online faster and more efficiently,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.  “I look forward to reviewing the dynamic proposals sparked by this RFP, which will have lasting results for the community in East New York as well as for the future of affordable housing design and construction.” 

“I applaud HPD for putting forward an RFP for a mixed-income, mixed-use, 100 percent affordable housing development in East New York that utilizes modular construction. Simply put, this is a win-win-win. We need to explore additional opportunities to utilize modular construction as a way to reduce costs and increase our ability to deliver more of the high-quality affordable housing that our borough truly needs,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

"It is critical that we in New York find more and better ways to expand our stock of affordable housing. New and innovative approaches like requiring modular construction in certain projects should save considerable time and money, and help us reach the ambitious goals laid out under the Housing New York 2.0 plan," said Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

"Here we have a lot that can traditionally not be built on, but with modular housing we can build many units of affordable housing. I applaud the Mayor's office and HPD on this forward-thinking strategy," said Council Member Rafael L. Espinal.  

The RFP seeks proposals to develop the L-shaped parcel made up of all Brooklyn Block 4223, Lot 1. The 49,397 square foot site runs along Eldert Lane between Pitkin and Glenmore Avenues with a portion along Grant Avenue adjacent to the MTA’s Grant Avenue A-train subway station. The site is a city-owned parcel under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

This project will be 100 percent affordable, and provide housing affordable to a range of income levels that meet the economic needs of the community and further fair housing objectives. Preference will be given to projects that include a significant proportion of units that serve very low- and low-income households.

Members of the East New York community helped to shape this RFP by providing insight and input that will contribute to ensuring the development is responsive to neighborhood needs. The designated project may include a community facility or commercial space and will bring revitalized open space to the area. These community priorities, which are compiled and presented in a Community Visioning Report prepared by HPD, must be considered in developers’ proposals. The Report can be downloaded on the HPD webpage.

As a part of Housing New York 2.0, the de Blasio administration committed to the creation and preservation of 200,000 affordable homes two years ahead of schedule, by 2022, and established a new goal of 300,000 homes by 2026.

The site will be subject to a remainder interest agreement which will cause the ownership of the land to revert back to City control unless it remains affordable in perpetuity.

Deadline for submission to the RFP is September 10, 2018. For more information and to obtain a copy of the RFP, please view the Grant Ave Municipal Lot 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 and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.