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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO, SERVICES FOR THE UNDERSERVED OPEN MOTHER GASTON RESIDENCE IN BROWNSVILLE
Brooklyn, New York – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero and Services for the UnderServed provided elected officeholders and other New York City officials with a tour of the Mother Gaston Residence which provides permanent housing to 30 formerly homeless individuals recovering from mental illness, and affordable housing to 19 low income single adults earning less than 60 percent of the area median income (approximately $32,000 per year). There will also be one unit for the superintendent. The residence which sits on a formerly city-owned site was conveyed by HPD to SUS. Thanks to funding provided by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Homeless Services, SUS is able to offer a full complement of social services and case management for residents of the development. The newly constructed four-story development is located in Brownsville, Brooklyn and is named in memory of Rosetta Gaston, a community activist, who passed away in 1981 at the age of 96.




Tuesday, May 11, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO INVITES DEVELOPERS TO APPLY FOR $9 MILLION IN STIMULUS FUNDS TO COMBAT FORECLOSURE AND STABILIZE NYC NEIGHBORHOODS
New York, NY – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero announced today that the City is releasing the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for developers to apply for funding under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) second round of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2). The funding available through this NOFA is intended to aid applicants in creating new programs—or to build on existing programs—that can assist vacant, foreclosed, and abandoned properties in neighborhoods hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis transition to affordable residential housing. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from May 11, 2010 to June 11, 2010.




Monday, May 10, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, DEPUTY MAYOR LIEBER AND COUNCIL MEMBER MARK-VIVERITO ANNOUNCE START OF CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST PHASE OF $700 MILLION EAST HARLEM MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky, Housing Preservation and Development Deputy First Deputy Commissioner Douglas Apple, and Richman Group President Richard Richman today announced the start of construction of the first phase of a 1.7-million-square-foot, mixed-use development on three predominantly vacant parcels in East Harlem. The final development, to be known as the East Harlem Media, Entertainment and Cultural Center, will include 30,000 square feet of dedicated community and cultural space, more than 600 affordable housing units, a public plaza, new office and retail space, and a hotel. The $700 million project will create 1,500 permanent jobs and 4,000 construction jobs. Construction of the entire development will be a five-phase process with a target completion date of 2016. Phase one, located on the southeast corner of East 125th Street and 3rd Avenue, will consist of both affordable housing and neighborhood retail, and is expected to be completed by July 2011.




Monday, May 10, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, DEPUTY MAYOR LIEBER AND COUNCIL MEMBER MARK-VIVERITO ANNOUNCE START OF CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST PHASE OF $700 MILLION EAST HARLEM MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky, Housing Preservation and Development Deputy First Deputy Commissioner Douglas Apple, and Richman Group President Richard Richman today announced the start of construction of the first phase of a 1.7-million-square-foot, mixed-use development on three predominantly vacant parcels in East Harlem. The final development, to be known as the East Harlem Media, Entertainment and Cultural Center, will include 30,000 square feet of dedicated community and cultural space, more than 600 affordable housing units, a public plaza, new office and retail space, and a hotel. The $700 million project will create 1,500 permanent jobs and 4,000 construction jobs. Construction of the entire development will be a five-phase process with a target completion date of 2016. Phase one, located on the southeast corner of East 125th Street and 3rd Avenue, will consist of both affordable housing and neighborhood retail, and is expected to be completed by July 2011.




Thursday, May 6, 2010
EL JARDIN DE SELENE RIBBON CUTTING MARKS COMPLETION OF LEED -GOLD DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRONX
Bronx, NY - On May 6, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for El Jardin de Selene, a new LEED®-Gold affordable apartment development at Melrose Avenue and East 158th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx. The event celebrated the opening of the 12-story affordable housing development designed by award-winning Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC (MAP)




Monday, May 3, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, HUD SECRETARY DONOVAN, SPEAKER QUINN, COMMISSIONER CESTERO AND OTHER OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE 100,000 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCED THROUGH CITY’S HOUSING PLAN
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, and Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero today announced that the City has financed the preservation or construction of more than 100,000 affordable homes since 2003. The City is on track to reach the goal set forth in its New Housing Marketplace Plan – the creation and preservation of 165,000 affordable housing units for half a million New Yorkers by 2014.




Monday, May 3, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO AND HDC PRESIDENT JAHR CELEBRATE NYC AFFORDABLE HOUSING DAY IN MANHATTAN AT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Central Harlem, New York, May 3, 2010 – U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero and NYC’s Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr and celebrated NYC Affordable Housing Day marking the financing of 100,000 units of housing created or preserved under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP) with a visit to the construction site of True Color Residences, a new supportive housing development for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. They were joined by True Colors Residences’ developer West End Intergenerational Residence HDFC, Inc. Executive Director Colleen Jackson.




Monday, May 3, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO AND HDC PRESIDENT JAHR CELEBRATE NYC AFFORDABLE HOUSING DAY IN BROOKLYN AT RIVERDALE OSBORN TOWERS
Brooklyn, May 3, 2010 – As part of the citywide Affordable Housing Day, a celebration of notable affordable projects in each borough and reaching the important milestone of funding the creation or preservation of 100,000 affordable homes, CPC Resources (CPCR), Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation (CCPOP), East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC) and community residents were joined by NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero and NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr and other housing officials to celebrate the preservation and renovation of Riverdale Osborn Towers as affordable housing for families. Also attending were Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and City Councilmember Charles Barron. Located in Brownsville, Brooklyn, this complex of four, nine-story buildings with 523 affordable apartments for low-income families underwent a $39 million rehabilitation designed to preserve this affordable housing for the foreseeable future.




Monday, May 3, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO AND HDC PRESIDENT JAHR CELEBRATE NYC AFFORDABLE HOUSING DAY IN STATEN ISLAND AT MIXED-INCOME DEVELOPMENT
Staten Island, New York, May 3, 2010 – New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero, New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea joined the residents and developers of Markham Gardens to celebrate NYC Affordable Housing Day, marking the successful financing of 100,000 affordable homes created or preserved under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP). Markham Gardens, a joint venture between The Domain Companies and The Arker Companies in conjunction with The Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island Inc. (NHSSI), is a new, sustainable mixed-income rental and homeownership development built on property formerly owned by NYCHA.




Monday, May 3, 2010
HPD COMMISSIONER CESTERO AND HDC PRESIDENT JAHR CELEBRATE NYC AFFORDABLE HOUSING DAY IN QUEENS WITH BIG SIX RIBBON CUTTING
Woodside, New York, May 3, 2010 – Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr and NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero joined the residents of Big Six Towers to celebrate NYC Affordable Housing Day, marking the successful financing of 100,000 affordable homes created or preserved under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP). Big Six Towers, known as “The Jewel of Woodside,” has provided affordable housing for New York residents for close to half a century and in 2008, the tenant owners of the complex elected to refinance the project with HDC’s Mitchell-Lama Preservation Program, which in exchange for low-cost financing to make necessary repairs, will keep the housing affordable and in the Mitchell-Lama program through 2033.



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