Release date: 11/2/2017
Submission deadline: 3/15/2018
Designation date: 3/11/2019
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and HPD announced the designation of Xenolith Partners, The Kretchmer Companies, ELH Mgmt., and the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) for a 100 percent senior affordable housing project in the Bronx, and Blue Sea Development Company and Gilbane Development Company’s for 100 percent senior affordable housing in Brooklyn.
The new senior affordable housing buildings, located in the Soundview section of the Bronx and the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, will also provide on-site social support, health services and cultural programming for seniors and the community.
As part of the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to ensure safe and affordable housing for the City’s increasing senior population, HPD launched Seniors First, a three-pronged strategy including Aging in Place, an initiative to make more homes accessible to seniors and people with disabilities; developing new senior housing on NYCHA and other land; and preserving more of the senior housing originally developed through federal housing plans.
Casa Celina will be a 16-story building comprised of 200 senior units at Sotomayor Houses in the Bronx, developed by Xenolith Partners, The Kretchmer Companies, ELH Mgmt. and JASA. Also, approximately 3,350 square feet of community space will be accessible to NYCHA residents and the surrounding community. Amenities will include an exercise/fitness room, laundry room, lounge spaces on every floor, a second-floor community space, and a landscaped rooftop terrace. Also, the JASA East Bronx Case Management Program will provide social support service and senior health and wellness programming on-site thanks to funding by the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA). This team includes MWBE certified developers.
Linden Court, developed by Blue Sea Development Company and Gilbane Development Company, will be a 13-story building comprised of 154 senior units at Bushwick II (Group E) Houses in Brooklyn. This will include approximately 3,000 square feet of community facility and senior social services run by JASA, with additional programming provided by Brooklyn Arts Council. Designed to serve building residents and older adults from NYCHA and the surrounding area, Linden Court will include a senior center with an art gallery and café, warming kitchen, bathrooms, and two large multi-program rooms which can be divided to accommodate small classes and events.
Casa Celina and Linden Court will both serve residents age 62 years and older, where 25 percent of the units will be set aside for NYCHA residents and 30 percent of the apartments will be reserved for homeless seniors. NYCHA will maintain ownership of the land, ensuring long-term affordability.
The Authority will work with the development teams of Casa Celina and Linden Court to ensure an extensive community engagement process. Resident engagement meetings will allow the community to stay informed throughout the duration of the project, up to and through construction, while providing critical feedback on how to best create benefits for both NYCHA residents and the community at large.
NYCHA’s Sotomayor Houses was built in 1955 and consists of 28, 7-story buildings containing 1,497 apartments. Casa Celina will be constructed at the corner of Watson and Thieriot Avenues.
The Authority’s Bushwick II (Group E) buildings were built in 1986 and consist of five, 3-story buildings containing 276 apartments. Linden Court will be constructed on Linden Street, between Knickerbocker and Wilson Avenues.
NYCHA and HPD invited developers prequalified from the Affordable Housing For Next Generation NYCHA Sites Request for Qualification (RFQ 63939) to submit proposals for three new senior affordable housing construction projects. The RFP is part of the Seniors First initiative, which will create 4,000 new senior apartments by 2026.