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Monday, December 13, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO ANNOUNCES SUBPOENA DEMANDING INFORMATION ON DILAPIDATED MILBANK BUILDINGS IN THE BRONX
New York, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero today announced that the agency has issued a subpoena commanding the parties responsible for the Milbank portfolio of properties in the Bronx to appear at HPD headquarters on January 11, 2011 to answer questions about the ownership, management and maintenance of the buildings. The properties at issue are 10 occupied rental buildings in the Bronx, now in foreclosure, whose tenants continue to suffer deplorable living conditions that range from vermin and mold infestations to cascading leaks, collapsing ceilings, inoperable elevators and missing locks on building entrances despite the presence of a Court-ordered receiver charged with making repairs.




Thursday, December 2, 2010
HDC, HPD AND BLUE SEA DEVELOPMENT JOIN FORCES TO REPLACE STOLEN COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AT PS 35
The Bronx, New York – The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Blue Sea Development were honored on Tuesday, November 30 with an Appreciation Breakfast at P.S. 35 in the South Bronx. The agencies had joined forces to replace computers and other equipment stolen from the school in late August, just before school was scheduled to open. In total, the thieves took 36 laptops, 10 Mac desktops and 10 digital cameras.




Tuesday, November 30, 2010
SPEAKER QUINN AND HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO ANNOUNCE ACTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL TO EXPAND LAW FOR NEW YORKERS LIVING IN THE CITY’S WORST BUILDINGS
City Hall – City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero announced that the New York City Council will take action today by introducing legislation that will greatly expand the criteria for the Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP). The innovative legislation establishing the AEP – the New York City Safe Housing Law – has effectively identified and improved residential housing conditions in some of the city’s worst buildings. Since it was first passed, New York families have benefited from the substantial improvements that resulted from the Safe Housing Law. The proposed expansions will now specifically designate asthma triggers, including mold conditions and vermin infestation, as conditions mandating improvement and will both increase the number of housing units that are captured by the law and will identify new conditions requiring improvement.




Thursday, November 18, 2010
HDC, HPD, JACKSON DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATE RIBBON-CUTTING FOR NEW MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENT IN BROOKLYN
Brooklyn, New York – The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), along with the Jackson Development Group and the Local Development Corporation of East New York; celebrated the ribbon-cutting of New Lots Plaza, a 87-unit affordable development located in the New Lots neighborhood of Brooklyn.




Thursday, November 18, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO, HDC, PHIPPS HOUSES HAIL COMPLETION OF 323 NEW UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MELROSE SECTION OF THE BRONX
New York, NY (November 18, 2010) – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero, NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Executive Vice President Mathew Wambua, and Phipps Houses President and CEO Adam Weinstein joined today for the ribbon cutting of the new Courtlandt Corners affordable housing development located in the Melrose section of the Bronx. Courtlandt Corners, the latest housing development to be completed by Phipps Houses, designed by Dattner Architects and built by Monadnock Construction, consists of two residential buildings totaling 323 units of affordable housing, retail space, an enclosed parking garage, and landscaped courtyard. Courtlandt Corners will be ready to welcome its first tenants in January.




Thursday, November 18, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO AND SPEAKER QUINN RELEASE FINDINGS ON FIRST ROUND OF EXTENSIVE INSPECTIONS AT MILBANK BUILDINGS
Bronx, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today that HPD’s ongoing proactive inspections of the 10 buildings known as the Milbank portfolio have produced 1,245 new violations. During a joint conference call with Speaker Quinn on October 26th, Commissioner Cestero expressed his outrage at the conditions in the Bronx buildings, and announced that HPD would be undertaking full roof-to-cellar inspections.




Friday, October 29, 2010
LOWER EASTSIDE GIRLS CLUB CELEBRATES CONSTRUCTION OF ITS NEW HOME, ALONG WITH NEW AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS, RETAIL AND COMMUNITY SPACE
NY, NY  October 29, 2010 –  Today the Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC), along with city and elected officials, celebrated the beginning of construction for its new Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community on Avenue D at East 7th Street with a groundbreaking for  the mixed-use property that includes 78 affordable and market-rate rental residences and ample community facility and retail space. When completed in mid-2012, ,the 30,000 square-foot LESGC headquarters will be the first and only Girls Club facility in New York City.  Dozens of LESGC supporters and visionaries – community members; federal, city, and state officials; celebrities; funders; businesspeople; volunteers; mothers; and girls who all helped make the dream come true – gathered at the construction site to mark the occasion. 




Tuesday, October 26, 2010
City Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking for Affordable Housing at Elliott Chelsea for Low to Moderate & Middle-Income Residents
New York, NY, October 26, 2010. City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn joined with leaders from City agencies Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), as well as representatives from developer Artimus Construction and Citi Community Capital in celebrating the groundbreaking of Elliott Chelsea on West 25th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan. The 22-story new construction development will provide 168 units for low-to- middle-income families. The $65 million development is located on land provided by NYCHA and is part of a larger plan to develop more affordable housing on NYCHA properties in Chelsea. The sale of this site will bring in an estimated $4 million in revenue to the Housing Authority, a critical component in preserving public housing in a time of diminishing Federal spending.




Monday, October 25, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO, HDC PRESIDENT JAHR, BRP COMPANIES, GOLDMAN SACHS CELEBRATE GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW AFFORDABLE RESIDENTIAL AND RETAIL DEVELOPMENT IN BEDFORD STUYVESANT
New York, NY – October 25, 2010 – BRP Companies, The NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC), and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) today announced the commencement of construction of The Bradford, an innovative, $45 million housing and retail development in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. U.S. and New York City officials joined the developers and financial supporters of this project at a ceremony today celebrating the groundbreaking.




Thursday, October 14, 2010
HDC, HPD, MET COUNCIL CELEBRATE GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW SENIOR HOUSING IN QUEENS
Queens, NY – The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC), and Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty celebrated the groundbreaking of Council Towers VI , an eight-story, 78-unit residence for low-income senior citizens on Thursday, October 14. Council Towers VI will be built on 71st Avenue between Kissena and Parsons Boulevards in the Pomonok area of Queens. The project is part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP)a $8.4 billion initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers by 2014. To date, the plan has funded the creation or preservation of nearly 108,600 units of affordable housing across the five boroughs.



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