FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBEDFORD-STUYVESANT WELCOMES NEW AFFORDABLE TOWNHOUSESHousing Officials, Community Leaders and Neighborhood Residents Celebrate Completion of Charles T. Hamilton Homes - A Development of 58 Two-Family Homes
July 25, 2002
Carol Abrams (HPD) (212) 863-5176
Bud Perrone (NYC Housing Partnership) (212) 843-8068
Robert Barletta (Leewood Real Estate Group) (212) 889-0808
First-time homeowners, community leaders and a unique public/private partnership of lenders, developers and public officials today celebrated the completion of 58 new, affordable two-family homes in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Named for a local community activist, the Charles T. Hamilton Homes are located on Sumpter, McDougal, Hull and Somers Streets between Rockaway Avenue and Thomas S. Boyland Street.
The $14.3 million development is a product of the New Homes Program, an innovative, affordable housing initiative jointly sponsored by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York City Housing Partnership. The program provides affordable homeownership opportunities to low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, while boosting the local economy through strategic investment in bedrock New York City neighborhoods. Leewood Real Estate Group, a Staten Island-based development organization that specializes in affordable housing, served as developer of the project.
The Charles T. Hamilton Homes lie in an area that was dominated by vacant lots just 10 years ago. A succession of Partnership/HPD developments has transformed the area, however, creating 277 new homes - 600 units - in the immediate neighborhood, with another 50 homes in construction. The Partnership/HPD program also is responsible for the construction of an additional 304 homes in the larger Bedford-Stuyvesant community. Each two-story brick home includes a three-bedroom owner's unit with two bathrooms, wall-to-wall carpeting and a private rear yard, as well as a two-bedroom rental unit.
HPD Commissioner Jerilyn Perine said, "The Charles T. Hamilton Homes are yet another example of how the public sector can stimulate affordable and quality homeownership opportunities and encourage significant private investment in New York City neighborhoods."
Added Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, "Our partnership with the government, community and private business has helped re-establish Bedford-Stuyvesant as one of New York's strongest and most historic centers of homeownership. This project, and many others like it, demonstrate the important contribution that affordable, owner-occupied housing can have on the overall health of a community."
As the nonprofit sponsor for Hamilton Homes, the New York City Housing Partnership arranged financing for the project and coordinated the development process. Funds from the City and the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) helped reduce the costs of the homes, which sold for an average of $199,963. The homes were affordable to buyers earning between $32,000 and $70,950. The project was sponsored locally by Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation. Astoria Federal Savings provided a $9.4 million construction loan.
"Quality affordable housing helps to build a strong economic future for New York City families," said R. Randy Lee, CEO of Leewood Real Estate Group. "At the same time, homeownership contributes to a stronger community." Under the direction of R. Randy Lee, Leewood has been involved in the development of more than 600 affordable housing units in Brooklyn over the past 15 years, including such neighborhoods as Crown Heights, East New York and Coney Island.
"The New York State Affordable Housing Corporation is always delighted when we can help bring affordable housing to the people of New York. We are especially proud of this project because it brings tangible results to the people of Bedford-Stuyvesant," said Chairman Jerome M. Becker.
"Providing much needed affordable housing to the New York City community gives us great pride and satisfaction," said Astoria Federal Vice President Joseph Santacroce. "The dedication of all parties resulted in a project that was a well-orchestrated union of financing, construction monitoring, and management."
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 1987, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of nearly 180,000 units of affordable housing. To request a Homeownership Kit, call HPD's Information Line at (212) 863-8000. For more information about affordable rental housing, call HPD's Affordable Housing Hotline at (212) 863-5610 or log on to www.nyc.gov/hpd.
The New York City Housing Partnership promotes 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 New York City Partnership & Chamber of Commerce (www.nycp.org) and has since constructed or rehabilitated more than 20,000 units of affordable housing.
The Leewood Real Estate Group was founded in 1967 by R. Randy Lee. Leewood provides design, construction, marketing, operational management and general contracting services, with current projects totaling more than 1000 dwelling units in the construction and planning stages throughout the metropolitan area. Mr. Lee is chairman of the board of the Building Industry Association of New York City, senior life director for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and chairman of NAHB's Legal Action Committee.