Release date: 6/27/2016
Submission deadline: 9/30/2016
Designation date: 4/21/2017
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and HPD announced the selection of two teams to develop 100 percent affordable housing apartments for seniors and families at NYCHA's Betances V and Betances VI in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx.
The new 101-unit affordable housing multi-family development will be affordable to extremely low- and low-income households. Both buildings will include a set-aside for formerly homeless households and a preference for NYCHA residents. NYCHA and HPD are working to ensure the units will have the lowest AMI levels possible to benefit New Yorkers most in need of new affordable housing.
These developments are also part of NYCHA’s 100 percent affordable housing program aimed at increasing housing opportunities for New Yorkers on underutilized NYCHA land.
The Betances V site is located on East 142nd Street and East 143rd Streets, between Willis and Brook Avenues.
The selected development team, led by the Breaking Ground Housing Development Corporation, will create 149 new affordable apartments for extremely low- and very low-income seniors, including 45 units set aside for formerly homeless seniors.
The development will feature outdoor and indoor community spaces and programming for residents, including a community facility operated by the DreamYard Project, a Bronx-based not-for-profit that uses the arts to engage Bronx teens and young adults. Breaking Ground’s services partner, Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) will provide on-site primary medical and psychiatric care to residents through Janian Medical Services. Other planned features include a landscaped garden overlooked by a library/common area and a terrace garden for resident use.
The Betances VI site is located at the intersection of East 146th Street and Willis Avenue.
The selected development team, led by the Lemle & Wolff Development Co., Alembic Community Development, The Bridge, will create 101 new affordable apartments for families, including 30 units for formerly homeless individuals and families.
The development will feature ground floor commercial space that will be occupied by healthcare providers. The Bridge will provide on-site supportive services for residents including 24/7 front desk coverage by trained housing counselors and case management and service planning. Other planned features include a terrace and garden for resident use, solar panels, a community room, computer lab/library, and a laundry room.
NYCHA and HPD released the RFP inviting developers, including non-profit entities and M/WBE firms, to submit proposals for the design, financing, construction, and operations of 100 affordable new housing developments for Betances V and Betances VI. The goal for Betances V was to build affordable housing for seniors and for Betances VI to build affordable housing for families.
The framework for the RFP was built on priorities identified by local residents through outreach, surveys, community visioning workshops, and NYCHA resident meetings as part of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives planning process, which resulted in the Make Mott Haven Transformation Plan. The plan, a blueprint for the revitalization of the South Bronx neighborhood, aims to enhance the quality of life of residents from multiple angles, including fortifying housing, creating greated economic opportunity, and beautifying the neighborhood.
Two Pre-Submission Conferences were held on Tuesday, July 19th at 11:30am and Thursday, July 21st at 11:30am at NYCHA, 250 Broadway, 12th Floor Board Room, New York, NY 10007.