Seniors First Kingsborough and Morris Houses RFP

Seniors First Kingsborough and Morris Houses RFP

Release date: 3/6/2020
Pre-submission conference: 10/1/2020 
Submission deadline: 2/19/2021
Site 1 designation: 5/5/2022

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in collaboration HPD, invited developers to submit proposals to develop high-quality, sustainable and mixed-use senior housing developments in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn and the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx. The development of these sites builds on the Housing New York 2.0 plan and the Seniors First strategy which includes developing new senior housing on NYCHA and other land.

Sites

rendering of the development project for site 1

Site 1 - Morris Houses: Sol on Park
Site 1 is located at the corner of St. Paul’s Place and Park Avenue within the public housing development known as Morris II in the Morrisania neighborhood in the Bronx.

On May 5, 2022, HPD announced the designation of Site 1 to a development team comprising NRP Group, SelfHelp Realty Group, and Foxy Management. The Sol on Park development will feature approximately 195 deeply affordable homes for seniors, and give rise to a 15-story mixed-use building paired with a new community health center, a nutrition education facility, and a career-training spaces accessible to residents and the community at-large.

Sol on Park employs a health-centric design and a robust social services model for senior households earning up to 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), or approximately $41,800 annually for a single occupant. All households will receive project-based Section 8 vouchers, with a portion of homes set aside for both NYCHA residents and seniors experiencing homelessness. Social services for the seniors will be provided by Selfhelp’s Active Services for Aging Model (SHASAM), helping residents to manage chronic health issues, aging, and providing culturally competent health programming.

Magnusson Architecture and Planning brought to life the development’s health-focused design. The new apartments allow for natural light and ventilation while creating a sense of eyes on the streets and connection to the community. Additionally, the homes are designed to have distinct spaces for cooking, dining, socializing, and sleeping. Cascading roof terraces, multiple floors of community space, a large pedestrian plaza and a shared walkway with the adjacent NYCHA campus will top off the development’s dynamic design.

Sol on Park is also designed to achieve a LEED Platinum Rating for sustainable design, an ENERGY STAR certification for emitting fewer greenhouse gases, and the highest rating from Fitwel, which sets global standards for the building design and development practices in support of healthier and equitable access to a higher quality of life.

map of site

Development Site 2 - Kingsborough
Site 2 is located at Bergen Street between Buffalo and Ralph Avenues within the public housing development known as Kingsborough Extension in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn. The Site is approximately 25,000 square feet of the Brooklyn Block 1344, Lot 175 and is coterminous with the Proposed Tax Lot.


Community Visioning Reports

In order to gather the community’s input on what residents hope to see on these two sites, NYCHA hosted community workshops on July 25 and 26, 2019 and August 22, 2019. The purposes of the workshops were to enable meaningful and interactive participation, better understand community priorities, and gather ideas for improvements on these sites from NYCHA residents and others who live and work in the vicinity and have an intimate understanding of neighborhood conditions and needs.

Input gathered at these workshops and through online questionnaires are summarized in A Community Vision for Morris Houses and A Community Vision for Kingsborough. The reports are also attached as appendices to the RFP and respondents are encouraged to consult the reports when developing their proposals.

Pre-Submission Conference

The pre-submission conference, originally scheduled for March 27, 2020, has been postponed to October 1, 2020 at 1pm.

If you cannot participate in the online conference, responses to all inquiries will be collectively provided in an addendum to be posted on this webpage. Any updates and/or additional communications regarding this RFP will also be posted on HPD’s website.

For conference access for people with disabilities, please send requests for accommodation to KingsboroughMorrisRFP@hpd.nyc.gov.

Submission Requirements

Interested parties that choose to download the RFP using the link below must provide their contact information. Only those who provide their contact information will receive updates or additional communications regarding the RFP. The RFP contains a detailed description of the development program, requirements, guidelines, eligibility requirements, selection process, and submission requirements.

Inquiries

All communications must be made in writing to KingsboroughMorrisRFP@hpd.nyc.gov with any questions.