Release date: 7/1/2015
Submission deadline: 9/30/2015
Designation date: 5/5/2016
NYCHA and HPD announced the designation of three development teams to expand affordable housing opportunities at three NYCHA developments: Van Dyke Houses in the Bronwsville neighborhood of Brooklyn (left), Ingersoll Houses in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn (center), and Mill Brook Houses in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx (right).
All three developments will be 100% affordable. NYCHA will retain rights to the land at all properties throung long-term ground leases. NYCHA will also provide critical oversight to the porject, and will require developers to train and hire NYCHA residents. Additionally, NYCHA and the City will require developers to provide stabilized rents. NYCHA residents will have a perference of 25 percent of the units.
Van Dyke Houses
The Van Dyke Community Plan, developed by more than 185 residents includes recommendations on seeking funding sources and partners to invest and build affordable housing in the neighborhood. In response, the RFP sought a partner to build 100% affordable units for families on the site of a current parking lot.
The proposed project, which will be developed by Trinity Financial Inc., along with the NY Housing Partnership, will be a 12-story mixed-use building with approximately 179 housing units for low-income families plus one unit for the superintendent. In addition, the building will include approximately 25,000 gross square feet of community facility space which will include an urgent care and a wellness center operated by Brownsville Multi Service Family Health Center (BMS) and an early learning center operated by Friends of Crown Heights. The proposed project will deliver much-needed affordable housing in the Brownsville neighborhood, and meet the neighborhood’s broader need for critical services while activating and revitalizing the pedestrian thoroughfare on Dumont Avenue and the Van Dyke campus.
The Ingersoll Community Vision Plan developed by nearly 215 residents includes recommendations on identifying funding sources and partners to build affordable and senior housing at Ingersoll. In response, the RFP sought a partner to build 100% affordable units for seniors aged 62 years or older on the site of an unused grass area. The developer was required to propose plans to create first floor community space for residents and surrounding NYCHA community.
The selected development team is BFC Partners. The project will provide 145 new affordable apartments for low-income seniors.
The development will feature a new innovative ground floor senior center that will provide a continuum of support services operated by Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). The center will be accessible to all seniors age 60+ in the building and the larger community. Proposed programming includes a full range of social, health and wellness, and culture and arts activities, including technology access and training.
Mill Brook Houses
The Mill Brook Community Vision Plan developed by nearly 300 residents includes recommendations to identify appropriate locations in the community for senior housing, funding sources and partners. In response, the RFP sought a partner to build 100% affordable units for seniors 62 years or older on the site of an accessory parking lot. The developer was required to propose plans for a first floor senior community center for residents and community and identify a partner to operator the center and services for seniors.
The selected development team is West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH). The project will provide 156 new affordable apartments for low-income seniors.
The development will feature a new senior center that will include a commercial kitchen, large dining room, neighborhood community space, and activity rooms for senior programming. Other planned features include a roof-top garden, terraced walls, and public garden area with seating for seniors.
The New York City Housing Authority (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 percent affordable housing at Van Dyke, Ingersoll, and Mill Brook Houses. The goal to create affordable senior and family housing on underused NYCHA property was the outcome of an extensive and meaningful planning process with hundreds of residents and community advocates.
A pre-submission conference was held at 90 Church Street, 5th Floor Ceremonial Room, New York, NY on July 17, 2015 at 10:00am. There was a second pre-submission conference at 250 Broadway, 12th floor Board Room on Tuesday, July 21st at 1:00pm.