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Thursday, November 3, 2011
NYCHA, HPD join the Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation to celebrate the groundbreaking of Markham Gardens Manor
Staten Island, New York November 3, 2011. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined the Sisters of Charity Housing Development Corporation to celebrate the start of construction for Markham Gardens Manor, an affordable housing development for seniors at the corner of North Burgher Avenue and Richmond Terrace in West Brighton, Staten Island. The ceremony, which included the participation of Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro, featured the topping off of the test wall which was constructed to show the brick pattern for the new building.




Thursday, November 3, 2011
City of New York and Non-Profit Embark on Major Revitalization of Lower East Side Residence for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Low Income Seniors
New York City, November 3, 2011 – Today, F∙E∙G∙S Health and Human Services System was joined by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Rosie Mendez, the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and UJA Federation of New York to celebrate the commencement of a major renovation of Tanya Towers, located on East 13th Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Tanya Towers is a HUD-assisted New York City-supervised Mitchell-Lama development that is home to 138 low-income individuals, including deaf, hard of hearing and blind residents, senior citizens, and those with other disabilities.




Wednesday, October 26, 2011
HDC, HPD, HUD, Jackson Development & Joy Construction Celebrate The Grand Opening of St. Ann’s Terrace
Bronx, New York – October 26, 2011 – The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), The New York City Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Capital One Bank, Neil Weissman of the Jackson Development Group and Amnon Shalhov of Joy Construction and others celebrated the ribbon-cutting for St. Ann’s Terrace, one of the largest affordable housing complexes to be developed in the Melrose section of the South Bronx under the City’s housing plan. Bounded by St. Ann’s Avenue, East 156th Street, Eagle Avenue and East 159th Street, this 641-unit mixed-income multi-family development is made up of eight newly constructed buildings. Built on a 3.5-acre St. Ann’s site, which was the largest vacant parcel of land in the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area, St. Ann’s Terrace is a mixed-income residential community with ground floor retail space and underground parking that brings not only new affordable housing, but new economic opportunity to the area.




Tuesday, October 25, 2011
HUD, HDC, HPD and DHS join Common Ground and Private Partners to Celebrate New Housing and Opening of New Art Center and Performance Space in Downtown Brooklyn
NEW YORK, NY – On Tuesday, October 25, 2011 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Adolfo Carrion, New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Seth Diamond, Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin, HRA Deputy Commissioner for HIV/AIDS Services Administration Jacqueline Dudley and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Assistant Commissioner Tim O’Hanlon, joined private developers Abby Hamlin and Francis Greenburger, Common Ground and The Actors Fund at the official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Schermerhorn, an award winning 216-unit supportive housing development for low-income New Yorkers located at 160 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The event also marked the opening of a just completed, state-of-the-art black box theater and art center. The building was developed by Common Ground and co-sponsored by The Actors Fund with $59 million in funding from HDC, HPD, the NYS Homeless Housing and Assistance Program and other partners.




Tuesday, October 18, 2011
HPD & HDC JOIN BRONX PRO AND ELECTED OFFICALS TO CELEBRATE RIBBON CUTTING FOR 103 NEW AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN THE BRONX
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr joined Bronx Pro Real Estate Management President & Founder Peter Magistro today to announce the opening of 850 Jennings Street. Located in the Crotona Park East neighborhood of the Bronx, this new development provides 103 new rental units for moderate income New Yorkers. 850 Jennings was built on formerly city-owned land that was conveyed by HPD to Bronx Pro Real Estate. The development was created under round IV of the City’s Cornerstone Program, an HPD multifamily new construction initiative that was designed to facilitate the construction of mixed-income housing on City-owned land. Also in attendance were Bronx Deputy Borough President Aurelia Greene, Jane Silverman of Chase Community Development Banking, and Jasmine Corniel of Little Scholars Early Development.




Friday, October 7, 2011
HPD, HRA JOINS COMUNILIFE INC. AND ELECTED OFFICALS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF 60 NEW UNITS OF AFFORDABLE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN THE BRONX
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, together with Comunilife Inc. President & CEO Dr. Rosa M. Gil today announced the opening of Comunilife Prospect Supportive Residence. Located at 780 Prospect Avenue in the Longwood section of the Bronx, this new development provides 60 affordable apartments with a preference given to seniors and chronically homeless older adults living with HIV/AIDS. Prospect Residence is adjacent to The Melody, a new 63-unit affordable co-op which officially opened earlier this year. Also in attendance were Chief of Staff for New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Kristin Misner, Commissioner Cecile Noel of New York City Human Resources Administration, Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Green.




Monday, October 3, 2011
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA AND CONGRESSMAN JOSEPH CROWLEY JOIN MET COUNCIL TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF NEW SENIOR RESIDENCE IN THE BRONX
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua joined Congressman Joseph Crowley, New York State Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, and Met Council today as they celebrated the grand opening of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Council Towers V today in the Bronx. The new apartment building provides 70 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors, age 62 and older. Council Towers V were developed on formerly city-owned land through the competitively bid Cornerstone Program, an HPD multi-family new construction initiative.




Friday, September 30, 2011
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES BEGINNING OF 2011/2012 "HEAT SEASON" AND REMINDS LANDLORDS OF LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE HEAT AND HOT WATER TO TENANTS
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew Wambua 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 28, 2011
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, HDC PRESIDENT JAHR AND THE RICHMAN GROUP CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE BALTON & DOUGLASS PARK IN CENTRAL HARLEM
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew Wambua and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr joined, City Councilwoman Inez E. Dickens, Richman Group Development Corporation President Kristin Miller, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Wells Fargo as they celebrated the grand opening of The Balton and Douglass Park today in Harlem. The new apartment buildings bring a total of 226 mixed-income units to Central Harlem. The projects were among the first in the country to start construction utilizing federal Tax Credit Assistance Program (TCAP) funds, which were allocated to New York State under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Balton and Douglass Park projects were developed on formerly city-owned land through the competitively bid Cornerstone Program, an HPD multi-family new construction initiative.




Monday, September 26, 2011
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES FIRST PHASE OF LARGE MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ON LIVONIA AVENUE IN BROOKLYN
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced today the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the first phase of the Livonia Avenue Initiative in the East New York section of Brooklyn’s Community District 5. The four City-owned development sites in Phase I which are located on Livonia Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and Williams Avenue, will be developed to create approximately 225 units of low-income rental housing and approximately 68,000 square feet of new ground-floor commercial space. This RFP is the first of multiple phases of the Livonia Avenue Initiative, which seeks to transform the corridor into a vibrant mixed-use area by adding new affordable housing and creating retail opportunities along Livonia Avenue.



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