Release date: 6/29/2015
Submission deadline: 9/28/2015
Designation date: 4/28/2016
HPD announced the designation of the 425 Grand Concourse site to a development team comprised of Trinity Financial and MBD Community housing Corporation (MBD). The team's high-quality, mixed-use and mixed-income development plan includes the creation of 241 units of housing affordable to low- and moderate-income families.
The curving 24-story tower with sweeping views is one of the largest residential Passive Houses, and will consume 30% of the energy that a conventional housing project typically consumes. The three-story base will house a charter school, medical facility, and cultural and community spaces, including a social services facility.
To allow for greater density, the plan includes the rezoning of the block. The zoning changes will trigger the city’s new Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program, which require at least 25% of the units be permanently affordable.
As part of the wider development of the lower Grand Concourse section of the South Bronx, Garrison Playground, adjacent to the development site, will be rehabilitated and re-opened to the public. The playground is currently closed and requires a full rehabilitation. HPD is working with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Bronx Borough President Diaz, and Councilmember Salamanca to rebuild and reopen Garrison Playground. Between Garrison Playground and the new building will be Garrison Walkway, a wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible pathway, which will connect the playground with the Grand Concourse and Walton Avenue.
In addition to Passive House qualifications, the building will meet and surpass Enterprise Green Communities Guidelines. Building-wide sustainable measures include energy-recovery systems, solar-shading devices, and water saving features. Building amenities will include a laundry room on each floor and a community room with direct access to the 23rd floor landscaped roof terrace and a green roof. Apartment features include individual energy controls and energy efficient appliances.
HPD released the RFP to develop a new mixed-income affordable housing development at 425 Grand Concourse in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. The development site was previously occupied by the former Public School 31 (P.S. 31) building, which was demolished due to structural issues that posed a safety hazard to the area. The city has taken steps to preserve architectural elements of the original school building and included a requirement in the RFP that proposals incorporate the salvaged elements into the new building’s design. Proposals should provide affordable housing for a mix of incomes, as well as ground-floor retail or a mix of retail and community facility use that will add to the fabric of the neighborhood.
Proposals were also required to achieve certification through the Enterprise Green Communities Program, which is a comprehensive green building framework for affordable housing that provides cost‐effective standards for creating healthy and energy‐efficient homes.
A pre-submission conference was held at 125 Worth Street, 2nd floor auditorium, New York, NY on July 31, 2015 at 10:00am.