FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The City is unlocking the potential of vacant land to benefit lower-income New Yorkers
NEW YORK, NY – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer today announced the designation of nine development teams to build 490 affordable homes – a mix of affordable apartments and homeownership opportunities – on 87 vacant lots through HPD’s New Infill Homeownership Opportunities Program (NIHOP) and Neighborhood Construction Program (NCP), which were specifically created to develop smaller and harder-to-develop lots.
These 100 percent affordable developments will be built on eleven clusters of vacant City-owned land, and comprise the third and final round of designations for the NIHOP and NCP RFQ, which has already spurred the construction of over 600 affordable homes on 81 lots from the previous two designation rounds.
“Through Housing New York, we are working on every front to confront the affordability crisis – and developing our dwindling supply of public land is a crucial part of that broader strategy. No site has gone overlooked, and we are pursuing innovative new programs and initiatives to put even the hardest to develop lots to use as affordable housing,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “With this latest designation, these remaining 87 small, scattered lots are on the road to becoming nearly 500 affordable rental and homeownership opportunities. I want to congratulate all of the designees and thank them for their commitment to developing quality affordable housing that serves our city’s residents and communities.”
“I am pleased to hear about HPD’s affordable housing and homeownership opportunities coming to the 41st District. Residents deserve a revitalized community that is beautiful, safe and family oriented. Young professionals from the communit, as well as longtime residents, can now realize the American dream through homeownership which is something we have not seen in quite some time,” said Councilmember Alicka Ampry-Samuel. “I truly applaud HPD for their focus on NIHOP and NCP and look forward to partnering to ensure that our residents are prepared and part of the process.”
The NIHOP/NCP RFQ seeks to encourage capacity development among smaller developers with a particular focus on local non-profits. Development teams in the first two rounds of designations include eight non-profit community-based organizations. Earlier rounds of designations for the program were announced in March and July of 2017.
The sites in this third round are located in the Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York and Weeksville sections of Brooklyn; the Morrisannia, East Tremont, Morris Heights and Melrose sections of the Bronx; the South Jamaica section of Queens; and the East Harlem section of Manhattan.
From all three rounds of the NIHOP and NCP designations, more than two-thirds of the development teams included a nonprofit team member, either via joint venture or as the sole entity. All four of the MWBEs designated through this RFQ were on HPD’s prequalified list, two of which have been producing sites via HPD’s MWBE RFQ while the remaining two have participated in the agency’s building capacity course.
Bedford-Stuyvesant East and Weeksville Cluster: These 14 vacant lots will be developed into 10 cooperative buildings totaling 63 affordable units in Brooklyn Community Boards 3, 8 and 16. The buildings will be constructed by a development team led by Habitat for Humanity New York City.
East Harlem Cluster: These six vacant lots will be developed into four rental buildings totaling 75 affordable units in Manhattan Community Board 11. The buildings will be constructed by a development team led by Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation & MDG Design and Construction, LLC.
East New York & Brownsville Cluster: These 15 vacant lots will be developed into two three-family homes, 13 two-family homes and one single family home totaling 16 buildings and 33 affordable homes in Brooklyn Community Boards 5 and 16. The buildings will be constructed by a development team led by Infinite Horizons, LLC & FG-PH Corporation.
East New York South & East Cluster: These 10 lots in Brooklyn Community Board 5 will be developed into two rental buildings and seven condominium buildings bringing a total of 36 affordable homes to the area. The buildings will be constructed by a development team led by MHANY Management, Inc. & Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation.
East New York South & West Cluster: These 10 lots will be developed into nine affordable condominium buildings and one rental building totaling 73 affordable homes in Brooklyn Community Board 5. The buildings will be constructed by a development team led by Rajoy Management, Inc. & PM Architecture PC.
East Tremont Cluster: These two vacant lots will be developed into two rental building bringing 29 affordable units to Bronx community boards 6 and 17. The buildings will be constructed by a development team led by Services for the Underserved, Inc. & Fulcrum Properties LLC.
Melrose-Concourse Cluster: The two vacant lots in Bronx Community Board 3 will be developed into two rental buildings totaling 36 affordable units. The buildings will be constructed by a development team led by Settlement Housing Fund, Inc. & The Beechwood Organization.
Morrisania and Morris Heights Cluster: This cluster located across Bronx Community Boards 3, 5, and 12 includes nine buildings that will be developed into two rental buildings; six two-family homes and one mixed-use building that will house a single residential unit and a ground floor retail space. The buildings will be constructed by a development team led by Neighborhood Infill Partners, LLC.
South Jamaica Clusters: These 16 lots will be developed into rental and two family homes. Three of the lots will be developed into two rental buildings bringing 43 affordable apartments to Queens Community Board 12 to be constructed by a development team led by Infinite Horizons, LLC & FG-PH Corporation.
Additionally, 13 city-owned lots will be developed into 11 two-family homes and two single-family homes in Queens Community Board 12. The affordable homes will be constructed by a development team led by The Briarwood Organization and Fulcrum Properties.
Weeksville Cluster: These three lots in Brooklyn Community Board 8 will be developed into a 44-unit affordable rental building. The building will be constructed by a development team led by Settlement Housing Fund and The Beachwood Organization.
“Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and MHANY Management Inc. are absolutely thrilled to partner with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to create new truly affordable homeownership opportunities for the residents of Cypress Hills, East New York and Brownsville. As two mission-driven, non-profit community development organizations, the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and MHANY Management will strive for deep affordability for the homes and condos to be constructed and to retain those affordable homeownership opportunities for the community on a permanent basis,” said Executive Director of MHANY Management, Inc. Ismene Speliotis.
“Settlement Housing Fund is looking forward to developing new affordable apartments in the Weeksville and Melrose-Concourse neighborhoods with our partner, The Beechwood Organization. These are small sites but they are integral to the vitality of their Brooklyn and Bronx communities and we commend HPD for its vision to turn these sites into affordable housing,” said President of Settlement Housing Fund Alexa Sewell.
“We at JCAL Development Group are very excited to have been selected by HPD to be a part of the NCP/NIHOP Program. Josh (Weissman) and I, along with our development partner, Sandra Erickson Real Estate, are eager to continue to bring much needed affordable housing options to Bronx residents – and in particular new homeowners. As the borough experiences housing pressures it’s important to make sure that all types of affordable housing demands are being met,” said Principals of JCAL Development Group William Bollinger and Joshua Weissman.
“We at Sandra Erickson Real Estate (SERE) are eager to get started on the NCP/NIHOP Program. As an M/WBE developer, and locally based-business, we appreciate HPD’s focus on structuring programs sensitive to the needs of the community. We are ready to continue the important work to date that has made the Bronx a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said President of SERE, Inc. Sandra Erickson.
“On behalf of our partner Fulcrum Properties and Services for the UnderServed, Inc. (S:US), we are incredibly pleased with todays’ announcement,” said CEO of S:US, Donna Colonna. “Both our organizations have a deep commitment to the Bronx and we are proud to be a partner in the proposed creation of two green buildings providing 29 units of affordable housing as well as community facility space for non-profit organizations. Our housing solutions empower vulnerable New York City residents to improve their lives and health outcomes. We thank Mayor DeBlasio, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr., Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Community Board 6, and all the other elected officials for their continued dedication to the future of the East Tremont/West Farms community.”
“We are excited to be selected for this project which will transform these 14 vacant lots in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Weeksville into safe, affordable, and energy-efficient housing for hard-working New Yorkers,” said CEO of Habitat for Humanity New York City, Karen Haycox. “We believe that homeownership matters. We know that affordable homeownership stabilizes families and communities. We are grateful to our partners at HPD, and we look forward to continuing our work with them and to realize the mayor’s vision across the city.”
“MDG is excited to work with HPD and our partner, Ascendant Heritage to create approximately 75 units of affordable rental housing for low-income families throughout East Harlem,” said Executive Vice President at MDG Design + Construction, Michael T. Rooney Jr. “This project will reclaim unused land and transform it into high-quality, affordable housing that will improve the lives of residents and continue the revitalization of the larger community.”
“As we celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2018, all of us at Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation (formerly Lott CDC) are excited to be undertaking this critically important new affordable housing project in East Harlem. With our partners at HPD and MDG Design + Construction, we look forward to creating new sustainable apartment buildings on several vacant parcels. Although our name has changed, our mission has not. We work every day to preserve and create safe, affordable, and beautiful homes for those most in need,” said Executive Director/President of Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation, Christopher Cirillo.
“Infinite Horizons LLC and FG-PH Corp., are honored to be awarded these two important projects in South Jamaica and ENY, neighborhoods that are in need of affordable rental housing and home ownership opportunities,” said Vice President of Infinite Horizons, Randall Powell. “We are proud to have been selected to be a part of the continued revitalization of these communities. We want to thank HPD and the Mayor’s Office for their continued commitment to these neighborhoods, which will allow them to thrive into the future. We believe that providing housing opportunities for SJ/ENY and NYC in a period where housing is becoming a greater necessity cannot be measured in dollars and cents alone, but by the many lives impacted by these new housing opportunities.”