For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Contact: hdcpress@nychdc.com (HDC)
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HDC and HPD Join Camber Property Group and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc to Break Ground on Victory Plaza, a $65 Million New 100% Affordable Senior Building in Harlem 

136-unit building on 118th Street will include units for formerly homeless seniors

Rendering courtesy of Aufgang Architects

New York, NY – Camber Property Group, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI), NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) held a groundbreaking ceremony today with community members and elected officials for Victory Plaza, a 136-unit, 100 percent affordable building for seniors in Harlem. The building, located at 11 West 118th Street, will include 41 units set aside for formerly homeless seniors and will be constructed using the latest sustainable design principles. Victory Plaza is being constructed on underutilized land associated with a neighboring senior housing building. The project will leverage recent zoning changes passed by the New York City Council known as Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) that provide density bonuses with the creation of senior affordable housing.  The nine-story building will feature interior and exterior community space and an outdoor garden, as well as offices for on-site social services. The building anticipates a completion date of December 2020.

“Through Housing New York, we are looking to build the next generation of senior housing. Victory Plaza will create 136 homes for seniors, including 41 homes for homeless seniors, on land that was part of an existing HUD 202, delivering on a key strategy laid out in Housing New York 2.0,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “I want to thank HCCI, Camber, Wells Fargo, and all our partners for working with us to protect our city's seniors.”

“Through Housing New York 2.0, we doubled our commitment to senior housing and today, as we break ground on Victory Plaza, we continue to make good on that promise,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin. “Thanks to all our partners who have worked to ensure these 136 permanently affordable homes will serve New York City seniors for generations to come.” 

"Victory Plaza will provide state of the art senior housing serving some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers" said Rick Gropper, Principal at Camber Property Group. "With on-site social services and curated indoor and outdoor amenity space, our residents will live in comfort without concern about rent burden. Camber and HCCI are thankful to HPD, HDC, Councilmember Perkins and Wells Fargo for their support in making this impactful project a reality."

"HCCI has produced quality affordable housing in Harlem for over 32-years,” said Malcolm Punter, President and CEO of HCCI. “By and large, the production of the Victory Plaza Senior Housing, a core achievement adding 136 units of senior housing to Central Harlem, represents a strategic victory for our community. Our partnership with Camber, HDC, HPD, Wells Fargo is evidence that private-public partnerships in affordable housing continue to improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers."

 “Victory Plaza will address one of the most urgent needs in New York City – affordable housing for seniors,” said Vince Toye, head of Community Lending and Investment for Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo is committed to helping improve access to affordable housing in areas where there are the biggest needs, and we’re proud to support this ambitious project with both equity and debt financing.”

The Aufgang Architects-designed Victory Plaza will be located in the heart of Harlem, where senior residents will enjoy close proximity to cultural attractions, restaurants and a range of senior centers and health service providers. It will also enjoy close access to parks, with Marcus Garvey Park two blocks to the north and within a ten-minute walk of Central Park to the south. 

The $65 million project is financed by HDC, HPD and Wells Fargo. The NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is funding $46 million in tax exempt bonds and subsidy, HPD is contributing $7 million in subsidy and Wells Fargo is contributing $26 million in equity generated from the sale of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, along with a $39 million Letter of Credit.

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The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is the nation’s largest municipal Housing Finance Agency and is charged with helping to finance the creation or preservation of affordable housing under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York plan. Since 2003, HDC has financed more than 150,000 housing units using over $21.2 billion in bonds and other debt obligations, and provided in excess of $1.9 billion in subsidy from corporate reserves. HDC ranks among the nation’s top issuers of mortgage revenue bonds for affordable multi-family housing on Thomson Reuter’s annual list of multi-family bond issuers. In each of the last five consecutive years, HDC’s annual bond issuance has surpassed $1 billion. For additional information, visit: http://www.nychdc.com

About 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 www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing.