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July 19, 2000

Press Contacts: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176
Lisa Bellucci (Partnership) (212) 493-7589

HPD, New York City Housing Partnership Wires Buildings
for Advanced Technology
Low-Income Residential Units to Become Smart Buildings

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), in conjunction with the New York City Housing Partnership, today announced the creation of "smart buildings" in Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The buildings are part of the Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Program (NEP) under which locally based real estate professionals take over management, renovation and eventual ownership of City-owned properties. Most of the tenants in NEP buildings are low-income residents.

"We are excited about the Ôsmart buildings' created as part of NEP," said HPD Commissioner Richard T. Roberts. "These buildings will allow us to provide affordable, quality housing to low-income New Yorkers and help close the digital divide between moderate-income families with access to advanced technology like the internet and low-income families who have not been able to readily access such technology."

Approximately 40 NEP buildings with 500 dwelling units currently under construction in Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx will have Category 5 wiring installed prior to the application of sheet rock during the construction process. Special cabling will also be done in these buildings.

"It is very gratifying to offer both affordable housing and state-of-the-art access to technology to low and moderate-income residents of the city," said Charles A. Brass, president of the New York City Housing Partnership. "The Ôsmart buildings' will help revitalize neighborhoods and give residents an opportunity they probably would not have hadÑaccess to technology from their home."

"I think the Ôsmart buildings' are an excellent idea," said Leroy Morrison, an entrepreneur with NEP construction projects on West 140th and West 141st Streets. "The buildings will be a great asset to the community and the residents, who will be able to access the internet from home instead of going to the library and waiting for a computer to become available."

The NEP has received an "Innovations in American Government Award" from the Ford Foundation, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of merican Government, and the Council for Excellence in Government.

HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency. Since Fiscal Year 1994, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of nearly 58,000 units of affordable housing.

The New York City Housing Partnership works to promote development of affordable housing, revitalization of neighborhoods and expanded participation by local residents and entrepreneurs in the economic benefits of community development. The Housing Partnership was established in 1982 by the City's business and civic organization, the New York City Partnership.

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