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Friday, September 16, 2011
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, DUNN DEVELOPMENT CORP. AND CYPRESS HILLS LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION CELEBRATE THE NEW ENERGY EFFICIENT APARTMENTS IN BROOKLYN
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, joined Dunn Development Corp., Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and JPMorgan Chase in celebrating the grand opening of the Liberty Apartments. Located in East New York, Brooklyn at 119 Fountain Avenue, this development provides 43 new units of affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers. The Liberty Apartments was recognized by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as having met the requirements to be considered an Energy $mart development.




Monday, September 12, 2011
Jonathan Rose Companies, HUD, HDC, HPD and Enterprise Celebrate the Completion of the Green Retrofit of 198 Units of Affordable Housing
New York NY, September 12, 2011 – Today Jonathan Rose Companies, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), and Enterprise celebrated the completion of renovation of ten occupied buildings stretching from 107 to 145 West 135th Street in Harlem. The $50.9 million project to upgrade, green and preserve 198 affordable apartments for low-income families is touted as a national model for private-public investments in the preservation and greening of affordable housing. The project was also the first in the nation to benefit from HUD’s Green Retrofit Program (GRP) using stimulus funds.




Friday, September 9, 2011
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, MANHATTAN BOROUGH PRESIDENT STRINGER, CYNDI LAUPER AND WEST END INTERGENERATIONAL RESIDENCE CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF TRUE COLORS SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
Central Harlem, New York, September 9, 2011 –NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew Wambua and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer joined Grammy Award-winning recording artist Cyndi Lauper and West End Intergenerational Residence HDFC, Inc at the ribbon cutting for True Colors Residence. Located in Central Harlem at 269 W 154th Street, it is the first permanent housing development in New York City with a preference for 18-24 year old lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young adults with a history of homelessness. Also in attendance were New York State Assemblyman Herman ‘Denny’ Farrell, New York City Council Member Inez Dickens, President of Richman Housing Resources William Traylor and Bill Yates, Director of Citi Community Development.




Wednesday, September 7, 2011
HDC PRESIDENT JAHR, HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA & THE ARKER COMPANIES CELEBRATE GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN RICHMOND HILL, QUEENS
NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr; NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua; Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner of New York State Homes & Community Renewal (DHCR); The Arker Companies; State Senator Shirley Huntley; Councilmember Karen Koslowitz; Regional Director of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Venetia Lannon; and Todd Gomez of Bank of America celebrated the groundbreaking today for Richmond Place, a new affordable housing development in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. Financed under HDC’s Low-Income Affordable Marketplace Program (LAMP), the project is estimated to cost $33.3 million and will result in 117 new affordable homes for low-income New Yorkers, including 24 units that will be set aside for formerly homeless individuals.




Wednesday, August 24, 2011
NYCHA CHAIRMAN RHEA AND HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCE FIRST OF ITS KIND DEVELOPMENT IN NYC TO COMBINE AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS AND PUBLIC HOUSING
NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John Rhea and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced today the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of Randolph Houses, which are located in Central Harlem. The RFP calls for the extensive rehabilitation and preservation of 36 historic buildings resulting in approximately 140 NYCHA public housing units and a minimum of 155 affordable housing units. This is the first RFP for a Mixed-Finance development between NYCHA and HPD that results in the combining of both Public Housing and affordable residential units.




Tuesday, August 9, 2011
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, COUNCIL SPEAKER QUINN RELEASE FIRST LIST OF BUILDINGS TARGETED FOR INCREASED ENFORCEMENT ACTION UNDER CITY’S NEW PROACTIVE PRESERVATION INITIATIVE
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and City Council Housing and Buildings Chair Erik Martin Dilan announced publication of a list of the first 49 buildings targeted for increased enforcement action under HPD’s new Proactive Preservation Initiative (PPI). The At-Risk Buildings list is a key milestone highlighting the six-month mark of this new, comprehensive strategy to identify and address conditions of distress in multifamily buildings throughout the City before they reach a state that further endangers the health and safety of residents and the quality of the surrounding neighborhood. The list includes 34 buildings referred to HPD's newly established Proactive Enforcement Bureau (PEB) which has the responsibility of performing roof-to-cellar inspections and monitoring the subsequent progress of the properties. Of the 34 buildings that made the list more than 80% showed some improvement through the correction of open housing code violations. The list also includes 22 buildings referred to Housing Litigation.




Wednesday, July 27, 2011
THREE BROOKLYN LANDLORDS ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO FIX HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN TWO OF THE CITY’S MOST DISTRESSED BUILDINGS
New York, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced that on July 26, 2011, bench warrants were executed against three owners/managers of residential buildings at 241 Linden Boulevard and 247 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn. Both properties are in HPD’s Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP). Lewis Alleyne, Dwight King and Gerald King had previously failed to appear in Court, failed to comply with Court orders directing the correction of violations, and failed to comply with AEP Orders to Correct issued by HPD. Kings County Housing Court Judge Hannah Cohen issued a Warrant of Arrest against the owners ordering that they be arrested and brought before the Court for sentencing or other appropriate orders.




Wednesday, July 20, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, DEPUTY MAYOR STEEL, HOUSING COMMISSIONER WAMBUA AND HDC PRESIDENT JAHR ANNOUNCE NEW YORK CITY HAS REACHED MAJOR MILESTONE IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr announced today the City has reached a major milestone in its affordable housing plan, the New Housing Marketplace Plan. New York City is now three-quarters of the way towards completing Mayor Bloomberg’s goal of creating and preserving 165,000 units of affordable housing by the end of 2014. The City invested $1.3 billion and financed 15,827 units of affordable housing for middle-class and low-income New Yorkers in Fiscal Year 2011, which ended June 30th. The City surpassed its goal for the year by more than 1,100 units. Deputy Mayor Steel, Commissioner Wambua and President Jahr announced milestone at East 178th Street and Bryant Avenue in the Bronx, the site of the West Farms Square complex of eight physically and financially distressed buildings, on which the City closed a financing agreement in FY 2011, ensuring they get critical repairs and upgrades while remaining affordable for current and future tenants. They were joined by West Farms Square Housing Development Fund Corporation Board Member John Garcia, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation President Monsignor John Jenik and University Neighborhood Housing Program Executive Director Jim Buckley.




Monday, July 18, 2011
HDC, HPD, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilmember Brad Lander and L+M Development Partners Inc. Celebrate the Opening of Columbia Commons
New York, NY, July 18, 2011 – The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilmember Brad Lander and other officials today joined L+M Development Partners Inc. (L+M) for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Columbia Commons and Columbia Hicks Apartments (together, “Columbia Hicks”) in the Columbia Street Waterfront section of Brooklyn. The development, which is located at 414 Hicks Street, is made up of three interconnected buildings. Columbia Hicks is the result of the successful partnership among city agencies and the private sector. Columbia Hicks Apartments, located in the main wing, is made up of 95 City- and State-financed affordable rental units. Columbia Commons, which occupies two wings, is made up of 42 privately-financed condominium units, with no City subsidy provided. The Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs provided predevelopment financing for the entire project.




Monday, July 18, 2011
SPEAKER QUINN, HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCE SECOND DEAL IN PILOT PROGRAM TO TURN STALLED PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS INTO AFFORDABLE HOUSING
New York, NY – City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced the second closing in the Housing Asset Renewal Program (HARP), a $20 million pilot program aimed at turning unsold condominiums, market-rate rental buildings and stalled construction sites into affordable housing opportunities for moderate and middle-income families. Originally proposed by Speaker Quinn in her 2009 State of the City address, HARP is administered by HPD and focuses on two types of problematic developments: newly completed projects that are vacant and projects that have stalled mid-construction. The formerly stalled site, renamed Queensboro, is located at 23-10 41st Avenue in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. 108 of the 117 units formerly planned as market-rate condominiums will now be rentals affordable to middle-income New York families, greatly exceeding the program’s minimum requirement that 50 percent of units be made affordable.



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