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:
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.
WHO WAS IN THE WORKING GROUP?
The Working Group is comprised of NYCHA residents, elected officials, community representatives, and housing organizations and advocates, including:
WHERE WE ARE NOW
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.
PAST WORKING GROUP SESSIONS
NYCHA residents joined a series of virtual information sessions to share feedback on the Working Group recommendations and heard from other residents.
PAST MEETING INFORMATION
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 recording of the Information Session: CLICK HEREResident Meeting #2
Link to a recording of the Information Session: CLICK HERE
Recording of April 13 meeting:
Zoom link: CLICK HERE
Recording of April 14 meeting:
Zoom link: CLICK HERE
PACT Hotline: 212-306-4036
Email us: PACT@nycha.nyc.gov