Release date: 5/23/2016
Submission deadline: 8/23/2016
Designation date: 2/7/2017


Achieving Community, Economic and Environmental Sustainability through Passive House Design

HPD announced the designation of the SustaiNYC, East 111th Street development site to a development team led by Jonathan Rose Companies including L+M Development Partners and several community partners.

The selected development proposal will become the largest Passive House in the nation. It will be mixed-use, highly sustainable development constructed in three phases that will bring 655 affordable apartments to the East Harlem community. Thanks to Mandatory Inclusionary Housing rules, 163 or the total 655 affordable apartments will be permanently affordable. The project also emphasizes deep affordability, with twenty percent of the total units serving extremely low-income households. The development will feature 79 affordable apartments for seniors.

The development design will also integrate four existing community gardens in an effort to promote green spaces and activity, as well as preserve an important community resource. The development team will schedule a series of meetings with the gardeners of Mission Garden, Chenchitas Garden, Villa Santruce Jardinera, and Villa Santruce to design the new garden spaces and meet their needs.  

In addition to 100% affordable housing, the development will include:

  • a new Harlem RBI/Dream Charter School
  • a Union Settlement Community Space
  • a new Harlem YMCA facility
  • Mount Sinai East Harlem Community Health Center
  • urban market
  • Two Boots Pizza


HPD, along with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speak Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Manhattan Community Board 11, released the RFP for the design, construction, and management of a high-quality, sustainable, mixed-income and mixed-use affordable housing development in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.

For the first time, the RFP submissions were required to include Passive House designs.

The RFP is a result of a collaborative outreach effort by HPD, the Office of the Speaker Melissa-Mark Viverito, the Office of Borough President Gale Brewer, and Community Board 11, to engage community members around their vision for development on the East 111th Street site, which encompasses nearly an entire city block. The RFP incorporated community priorities, including existing community gardens, and goals to inform the development on the important site.

Members of the East Harlem community played an important role in shaping the RFP, providing insight and input that will eventually produce a development that is responsive to neighborhood needs. Through intensive community workshops and outreach, residents described various priorities around program, design, affordability and other features they want to see built at the site, including an affordable supermarket, pharmacy and cultural or art spaces. These community priorities, which are compiled and presented in a Community Visioning Report, were required to be considered in developers’ proposals.

A pre-submission conference was held at 2:00pm on June 15, 2016 at 125 Worth Street, 2nd Floor auditorium, New York, NY 10013. NYSERDA provided Passive House training sessions for developers and others interested in responding to the SustaiNYC RFP, at 9:00am on June 21, 2016 and 12:30pm on June 28, 2016. These workshops were hosted by the Building Energy Exchange (BEEx), and provided guidance for meeting the Passive House requirements included in the SustaiNYC RFP. PHIUS and PHI also attended the trainings to provide further insight. There are two sessions, each offering the same content.

RFP Forms

Download SustaiNYC RFP

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