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City Selects Development Teams for Affordable Housing Projects

A rendering of Passive House planned for 4691-4697 Third Ave. in the Bronx. Credit: Curtis and Ginsberg Architects, LCP A rendering of Passive House planned for 4691-4697 Third Ave. in the Bronx. Credit: Curtis and Ginsberg Architects, LCP

NEW YORK CITY—The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development has selected seven development teams to build affordable housing projects on city-owned vacant lots in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The winning teams in the second round of the program will build 434 affordable housing units that will feature both rental and for sale affordable units. The developments will be financed through HPD’s New Infill Homeownership Opportunities Program and the Neighborhood Construction Program.

“We are putting city land to use as we continue to focus on affordability and equal access for all New Yorkers,” says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “These 400 homes, for homeowners and tenants alike, will bring stability to working families, these communities and the city as a whole.”

HPD commissioner Maria Torres-Springer adds the seven development teams include six non-profit developers and two M/WBEs firms.

The projects that will now move forward include:

• A development team led by Shelter Rock Builders, LLC was designated to develop a project on 21 vacant lots in the Bedford Stuyvesant Central and North Cluster neighborhoods of Brooklyn in Community Districts 8 and 3. The development will feature three two-family homes, 10 three-family homes and four condominium buildings with a combined total of 74 affordable housing units.

• In the Brownsville North and South Cluster areas in Community Districts 16 and 17 in Brooklyn, a development team led by the Fifth Avenue Committee and Habitat for Humanity were designated by HPD to build on 13 vacant lots three rental buildings and seven co-operative buildings that will produce a total of 59 affordable housing units.

• JMR Residential Development and Alembic Community Development are part of the winning development team for a four-vacant lot parcel that will be the site of a three rental building, 40-affordable unit project in Community District 16 in the Brownsville South Cluster area of Brooklyn.

• A total of 11 vacant lots will be developed into four rental buildings and seven cooperative buildings totaling 108 affordable housing units in Central Harlem in Manhattan Community District 10 by Lemor Realty and Iris Development.

• In East New York, a development team led by East Brooklyn Congregations will develop six vacant lots into three rental buildings with a total of 41 affordable apartments in Brooklyn Community District 5.

• A vacant site in the Fordham-Belmont section of the Bronx in Community District 6 will be developed into a 44-unit affordable rental unit building by a development team led by Bronx Pro Group, LLC.

• Also in the Bronx, 11 vacant lots in the Melrose section of the borough will be developed into 11 condominium buildings with a total of 68 affordable units in Community Districts 1, 2 and 3. The project will be developed by a team lead by MHANY Management.

In December 2014, HPD released a request for proposals for the development of homeownership and rental opportunities through small homes and co-ops/condos (NIHOP) and mid-sized rental buildings (NCP) on city-owned infill parcels. HPD received what it terms were a significant number of submissions for 23 clusters involving more than 170 tax lots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

In March, HPD announced the winners of the first round of the program that involved development plans for five clusters, which included nine rental buildings with a combined total of 182 units of affordable housing. The third and final round of designations for the NIHOP and NCP RFQ will be announced this fall.

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