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Thursday, September 30, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO ANNOUNCES BEGINNING OF 2010/2011 "HEAT SEASON" AND REMINDS LANDLORDS OF LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE HEAT AND HOT WATER TO TENANTS
New York, NY - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero today reminded residential building owners of their legal obligation to provide tenants with hot water year-round and heat when the outdoor temperature warrants it.




Wednesday, September 22, 2010
HPD Commissioner Cestero, HDC President Jahr, L+M Development Partners Inc., Dunn Development Corp., and Pratt Area Community Council Break Ground On Navy Green Development
New York, September 22, 2010 – NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero, NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr, L+M Development Partners Inc., Dunn Development Corp. and Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) broke ground today on the Navy Green development in Brooklyn, NY. A former Naval prison known as the “Brig,” Navy Green represents a successful collaborative effort, guided by the local community’s vision for the site, by developers, city agencies and investors such as Enterprise Community Partners and JP Morgan Chase to transform a formerly underutilized, industrial block into a thriving, mixed-income, mixed-use development that helps meet the demand for affordable housing in Brooklyn and offer supportive housing that brings critical services to the community.




Tuesday, September 21, 2010
HDC PRESIDENT JAHR, HPD, AND MJM CONSTRUCTION JOIN ELECTED OFFICIALS TO BREAK GROUND ON STATE-OF-THE-ART “GREEN” AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE SOUTH BRONX
Bronx, NY - NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr, NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Assistant Commissioner Wendell Walters, and MJM Construction were joined by Nos Quedamos Founder/CEO Yolando Gonzalez, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr., and Council Member Maria Del Carmen Arroyo to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new affordable development at 920 Westchester Avenue. An 8-story new construction development, 920 Westchester Avenue will be comprised of 110 units of affordable housing for low-income families. Located in the Longwood section of the South Bronx, the development is expected to achieve a LEED Silver rating or better, as well as NYSERDA Multi-Family EnergyStar certification.




Wednesday, September 15, 2010
THE FORTUNE SOCIETY CELEBRATES THE GRAND OPENING OF CASTLE GARDENS-BRINGING AFFORDABLE, SUPPORTIVE, ECO-FRIENDLY APARTMENTS TO HARLEM
NEW YORK - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today joined The Fortune Society, Jonathan Rose Companies, and federal, state and local officials in celebrating the opening of Fortune’s “Castle Gardens,” a mixed-use affordable, supportive and green apartment complex in West Harlem. Located at 625 West 140th Street , the new 110,000 square-foot building will provide 114 apartments for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and low income families from the local community. The Fortune Society is one of the most respected and effective alternative to incarceration and reentry agencies in the country.




Thursday, September 9, 2010
GENERAL COLIN L. POWELL JOINS HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO, HDC PRESIDENT JAHR, BLUESEA DEVELOPMENT, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-NYC IN SOUTH BRONX TO CUT RIBBON AT NEW AFFORDABLE CO-OP NAMED IN HIS HONOR
Bronx, NY, Sept. 9, 2010 – General Colin L. Powell visited his childhood neighborhood in the South Bronx today to welcome families to their new affordable co-op homes in a building named in his honor. The General Colin L. Powell Apartments, the first newly constructed multi-family co-op in Bronx Community Board 2, was developed in a unique partnership with the City of New York, Blue Sea Development Company and Habitat for Humanity - New York City. Located at 715 Fox St. in the Longwood section of the South Bronx, this 50-unit building is only a few blocks from General Powell’s boyhood home at 952 Kelly Street.




Thursday, September 9, 2010
GENERAL COLIN L. POWELL JOINS HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO, HDC PRESIDENT JAHR, BLUESEA DEVELOPMENT, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-NYC IN SOUTH BRONX TO CUT RIBBON AT NEW AFFORDABLE CO-OP NAMED IN HIS HONOR
Bronx, NY, Sept. 9, 2010 – General Colin L. Powell visited his childhood neighborhood in the South Bronx today to welcome families to their new affordable co-op homes in a building named in his honor. The General Colin L. Powell Apartments, the first newly constructed multi-family co-op in Bronx Community Board 2, was developed in a unique partnership with the City of New York, Blue Sea Development Company and Habitat for Humanity - New York City. Located at 715 Fox St. in the Longwood section of the South Bronx, this 50-unit building is only a few blocks from General Powell’s boyhood home at 952 Kelly Street. Habitat-NYC families will occupy eight of the homes. These future owners, working with Habitat volunteers, constructed the interiors of their units. Earning a LEED Platinum designation, this building is the greenest affordable multifamily residence in New York State. Joining General Powell today were NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero, NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr, NYS Housing Commissioner Brian E. Lawlor, Blue Sea Principal Les Bluestone, Habitat-NYC Executive Director Josh Lockwood, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Habitat-NYC Board Member Doug Paul of Credit Suisse and many of the families who will be living in the new homes.




Tuesday, September 7, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO WELCOMES NEWS THAT BATHROOMS HAVE FINALLY BEEN FULLY RESTORED IN TROUBLED WASHINGTON HEIGHTS BUILDING
New York, NY – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero joined City Councilmember Robert Jackson in welcoming the news that after years of litigation, the bathrooms in the 2-line at 452 Ft. Washington Avenue have finally been fully restored. The property is a six-story building with 54 units located in Manhattan’s Community District 12. More than two years ago the property owner, Dorothea Levine, hired contractors who removed the bathrooms from each unit in the 2-line, purportedly to repair conditions caused by water damage. The bathrooms were never replaced. After years of constant litigation, in which HPD’s Housing Litigation Division (HLD) was actively involved, the court appointed Allan Heussinger as the 7A administrator to manage the property and make repairs to correct scores of housing code violations. Among those critical repairs was the replacement of the 2-line bathrooms which have helped to restore the tenants’ homes to livable conditions.




Monday, August 16, 2010
HDC, HPD, GUYTECH MANAGEMENT, AND SABAOTH GROUP CELEBRATE RIBBON CUTTING AT NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN BROWNSVILLE, BROOKLYN
Brownsville, Brooklyn – The NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC), NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), GuyTech Management Services, and the Sabaoth Group joined local elected officials, community leaders and tenants today for the ribbon cutting of the new River Rock affordable housing development in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Located at 206 Riverdale Avenue, this new mixed-use development consists of 54 units of affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers, with 11 units set aside for homeless families. The project has been funded through HDC’s Low-Income Affordable Marketplace Program (LAMP), and is being built on a combination of City-owned and privately-owned property located in the Marcus Garvey Urban Renewal Area.




Friday, July 23, 2010
HPD, FIFTH AVENUE COMMITTEE HOST RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE OPENING OF BROOKLYN’S NEWEST AFFORDABLE, SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Brooklyn, NY – July 23, 2010 – Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Amie Gross Architects and C&A Contractors cut the ribbon today to celebrate the completion of the newly constructed 575 Fifth Avenue, a 49-unit, affordable supportive housing development in South Park Slope, Brooklyn. 575 Fifth Avenue provides permanent rental homes for senior citizens, youth who have aged out of foster care and other low-income adults with special needs.




Thursday, July 22, 2010
DERMOT COMPANY, HPD, HDC CLOSE FINANCING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT AND NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR THE LOWER EASTSIDE GIRLS CLUB
New York, NY (July 22, 2010)-- The Dermot Company, Inc., The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York, Inc. and Grosvenor Investment Management US, Inc. have partnered with the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and private sector financial institutions to develop a new mixed-use property at 101 Avenue D between 7th and 8th Streets on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that includes a 30,000 square-foot headquarters for The Lower Eastside Girls Club and 78 mixed-income rental residences.



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