Chelsea-Fulton Working Group




In October 2019, a Working Group was established to research, evaluate, and make recommendations to address the capital needs of the four Chelsea neighborhood developments - Chelsea, Chelsea Addition, Elliott, and Fulton - which together comprise over 2,000 apartments.

The Working Group is a collaboration of resident representatives, elected officials, Community Board 4, NYCHA staff, and housing and legal advocates. Hester Street, a mission-driven urban planning organization, is serving as facilitator.

In weekly meetings over the course of many months, the Working Group discussed the funding crisis at NYCHA and reviewed in detail the physical needs assessments and repair costs for the Chelsea developments. Housing practitioners presented to the group on a wide variety of revenue strategies to finance capital repairs. Legal experts presented on resident rights and protections, and community development experts presented models of resident engagement and resident management.

The Working Group also collected feedback from residents about their biggest priorities during engagement sessions held in the fall of 2019. Through this process, the Working Group identified three overarching goals:

  1. Address the Chelsea, Chelsea Addition, Elliott, and Fulton capital needs of today and into the future;
  2. Safeguard existing public housing resident rights and fill in existing gaps, ensuring additional resident protections before, during, and after renovation; and
  3. Establish clear, consistent, and accountable resident engagement throughout the renovation process and beyond.

The Working Group developed actionable recommendations in three categories: Capital Finance, Resident Rights and Protections, and Resident Engagement. This report details recommendations within each and outlines next steps for implementation.



The Working Group is comprised of NYCHA residents, elected officials, community representatives, and housing organizations and advocates, including:

  • NYCHA Residents
    1. Tenant Association members and residents from Fulton Houses, Elliot-Chelsea Houses, and Chelsea Addition
  • Elected Officials
    1. United States Representative Jerry Nadler
    2. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
    3. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
    4. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer
    5. New York City Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
    6. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman
    7. New York State Senator Robert Jackson
    8. New York Assembly Member Richard Gottfried
  • Community Representatives
    1. Manhattan Community Board 4
    2. Hudson Guild
  • Administration
    1. New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development
    2. New York City Housing Authority Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Housing Practitioners
    1. Community Service Society
    2. New York Housing Conference
    3. Furman Center for Real Estate
    4. Citizens Budget Commission
    5. The Legal Aid Society
    6. Citizens Housing and Planning Council



Members of a Resident Review Committee, which was created to review developer proposals, interview candidates, and work with NYCHA to select the finalist team have selected Essence Development and The Related Companies as the development team that will deliver comprehensive building and apartment upgrades. Resident leaders made the announcement of selected team in press conference on 12/1/21. To view the press release, which includes renderings of proposed renovations and quotes from resident leaders, CLICK HERE.

Essence Development, a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE), will serve as the lead on this project and is an equal partner with Related as co-developer. Related will also serve as the general contractor and property manager. Their proposal will result in the comprehensive modernization of the Chelsea NYCHA developments, including:

1. Rehabilitating all apartments by providing new kitchens, bathrooms, floors, and windows;
2. Upgrading all buildings, including façades, roofs, expanded lobbies, hallways, and stairwells;
3. Replacing or upgrading all building systems, including boilers and domestic hot water heaters, plumbing, ventilation, and elevators;
4. Improving all public spaces, including landscaped areas, playgrounds and plazas, lighting, and community centers; and
5. Enhanced security and integrated pest management.

Per the Working Group recommendations, the development team will replace the aging district steam heating system, which is prone to frequent outages, with new hydronic boilers in each of the properties’ 18 residential buildings. New emergency back-up generators will also be installed on all rooftops, and buildings will be dry flood-proofed.

The development team also proposes to build a new mixed-use residential building on the site of the existing Hudson Guild Elliott Center. In keeping with the Working Group recommendations, this component of the project will create a new, state-of-the-art facility for Hudson Guild of equal size and with the same types of spaces as the existing facility, as well as approximately 110 new apartments – half of which will be permanently affordable. The new facilities will also house a 14,000-square-foot community health center at Elliott Houses, and new retail space and a satellite primary care center will also be created at Fulton Houses.

Consistent with the Working Group recommendations, no new construction will begin until the full rehabilitation of all existing buildings is completed.

The selected team will work with NYCHA and resident leaders to identify a non-profit social services provider who will deliver enhanced social services and programs for residents of Elliott-Chelsea and Fulton Houses, with funding provided through the PACT program. These services will complement the programs that will continue to be offered by Hudson Guild at the community centers.

Summary of the selected proposal: English | Spanish | 中文 (繁體 | 简体) | Russian.


NYCHA residents joined a series of virtual information sessions to share feedback on the Working Group recommendations and heard from other residents.

December 8 meeting
Link to recording

December 10 meeting
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December 12 meeting
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December 14 meeting
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December 16 6- 8pm
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Link to PDF of Power-point Presentation: English | Español | 中文 (繁體/ | 简体) | Русский


Resident Meeting #3 - Design and Construction
On August 10 and 12, 2021, residents from Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea Houses attended an Information Session about the PACT Design and Construction process. During the virtual meeting, residents were given an overview of the construction and renovations that will happen at their development, including how NYCHA and our PACT partners will assess repair needs and the opportunities for resident participation through the process.

Link to a PDF of the presentation: English | Spanish | 中文 (繁體/ | 简体) | Русский

Link to a recording of the Information Session: CLICK HERE

Resident Meeting #2
On June 15 and 17, 2021, residents from Fulton, Elliott-Chelsea Houses attended an Information Session about Resident Rights & Responsibilities in the PACT program. During the virtual meeting, residents were given an overview of their continued rights and protections under the PACT program and given steps on how to prepare for the transfer to Project-Based Section 8.


Link to a PDF of the presentation: English | Spanish | 中文 (繁體/ | 简体) | Русский

Link to a recording of the Information Session: CLICK HERE


Meeting #1-
On April 13 and 14, 2021, residents from the Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea Houses were invited to attend an information session about the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program and new construction strategies recommended by the Chelsea Working Group. During the virtual meeting, residents were given an overview of the PACT program, what it means for the Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea developments, and what to expect in the months ahead. Residents were able to ask questions and hear from their neighbors about the recommendations.


Link to a PDF of the presentation:English | Spanish | 中文 (繁體/ | 简体) | Русский

Recording of April 13 meeting:
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

Recording of April 14 meeting:
Zoom link: CLICK HERE

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