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Monday, March 3, 2008
NEW YORK CITY’S RESIDENTIAL BUILDING BOOM CONTINUES THROUGH 2007
The year 2007 saw the highest number of building permits for privately-owned residential units in New York City since 1972, according to newly released data from the US Census Bureau records. With 31,918 units permitted in 2007, it was the second highest amount of permits issued since accurate records first began being kept in 1965. In two of the boroughs, the numbers were even more impressive, with Brooklyn and Queens seeing their highest ever totals.
PRESS RELEASE # 6-08




Friday, February 29, 2008
CPC AND CITY AND STATE HOUSING OFFICIALS CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF FORDHAM GARDENS
Bronx, NY, February 28, 2008 – The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), a non-profit affordable housing lender, joined today with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) and housing officials, local developers and proud residents to celebrate the completion of Fordham Gardens, a new mixed-income eight-story apartment complex built in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx.




Thursday, February 21, 2008
CITY HOUSING AGENCY LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE APPLICATION FOR 421-A TAX INCENTIVE
The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has launched an online certification for the 421-a Partial Tax Exemption Program. Although applicants for 421-a benefits may still file paper applications, the online version is streamlined and requires less paper documentation. This exciting new tool also includes built-in checks that minimize user errors and dramatically speeds up the processing of these applications. The online application can be found on HPD’s website at www.nyc.gov/hpd.
PRESS RELEASE # 04-08




Wednesday, February 20, 2008
LANDLORD JAILED FOR INHUMAN CONDITIONS IN BRONX BUILDING
Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan today announced that Landlord Hamid Khan has been sentenced to nine days in jail for criminal contempt for failing to repair hundreds of violations of the Housing Maintenance Code, including immediately hazardous conditions, in his tenants’ apartments. The case involved 1055 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a 94-unit building in the Bronx. There are currently 2,268 outstanding Housing Maintenance Code violations on the six story building. Conditions in the building that were referenced in court included severe water damage, collapsed floors and ceilings, construction debris throughout the building, a broken toilet, a broken intercom and a defective fire escape. In November of last year, the building was included in HPD’s new Alternative Enforcement Program which targets some of the city’s most troublesome buildings for comprehensive review and repairs
PRESS RELEASE # 03-08




Thursday, January 31, 2008
ACORN AND HPD CELEBRATE REBIRTH OF PLEASANT EAST
New York ACORN Housing Company, government officials and low-income families re-dedicated today Pleasant East Apartments in East Harlem, a set of buildings preserved and renovated over the last three years to house more than 100 tenants in permanently affordable apartments.




Wednesday, January 16, 2008
COMMISSIONER DONOVAN , SPEAKER QUINN AND COUNCILMEMBER BREWER ANNOUNCE SERIES OF LOCAL BEDBUG SEMINARS
Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Shaun Donovan, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmember Gale Brewer today announced a series of three local seminars aimed at educating the public about the growing problem of bedbug infestation throughout the City. The seminars, the first of which will be held at Columbia University Medical Center in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, will address ways to identify the nocturnal insects, low-cost methods of dealing with an infestation and the various responsibilities of tenants, landlords and the City’s Department of Housing Preservations and Development (HPD). The seminars will be conducted by members of HPD’s Housing Education staff.
PRESS RELEASE # 01-08



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