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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCES NEW MIXED-USE AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT COMING TO WILLIAMSBURG
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced the release today of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the former Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The City-owned site located at 337 Berry Street between South 4th Street and South 5th Street will be developed to create approximately 50 units of low-income rental housing along with new ground-floor commercial and/or community space, and open space for use by the future tenants. The LPC’s warehouse served as a repository for fixtures and ornaments reclaimed from buildings across New York as part of that agency’s architectural salvage program. The program was discontinued in 2000, and in 2005 the site was identified in the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Points of Agreement (POA) as a possible location for affordable housing development.




Thursday, May 24, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, HDC PRESIDENT JAHR, BRP COMPANIES, MACEDONIA AME CHURCH ANNOUNCE $49.6 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF 143 NEW AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN FLUSHING
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr, project developer BRP Companies Managing Partner Meredith Marshall, and Macedonia AME Church Senior Pastor Reverend Richard O. McEachern announced that they have closed on $49.6 million in construction financing for the Macedonia Plaza mixed-use development. Located at 37-08 Union Street in Queens, Macedonia Plaza will add 143 newly constructed units of affordable housing to the Flushing community. This project, which will be developed by BRP Companies, will transform a municipal parking lot into a thriving community hub with affordable low-income apartments, community facility space, and economic opportunity through the addition of new retail space.




Friday, May 18, 2012
HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA AND RIDGEWOOD BUSHWICK CELEBRATE OPENING OF NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS IN BROOKLYN
Brooklyn, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambuajoined Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council (RBSCC) today to announce the completion of Moffat Gardens in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Located at 16-26 Moffat Street, Moffat Gardensprovides 72 new units of low-income housing and on-site supportive services with a preference for senior citizens ages 62 and older. Also in attendance were State Senator Martin Dilan, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Erik Martin Dilan, and Council Member Stephen Levin.




Monday, May 7, 2012
HPD, HDC JOIN SoBRO AND PARTNERS FOR THE RIBBON-CUTTING OF A NEW 64-UNIT BRONX DEVELOPMENT
New York, NY - The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), and its sister agency, The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), joined the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO), and partners for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of 1800 Southern Boulevard. The new mixed-income development was built upon an underused brownfield lot and adds 64 units of low- and moderate-income housing to the Crotona Park East neighborhood in the Bronx. Also in attendance at the grand opening were Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., New York City Council Member Joel Rivera and Community Board 3 District Manager, John Dudley.




Friday, May 4, 2012
NYCHA, HPD, BRONX PRO GROUP, SERVICES FOR THE UNDERSERVED, CHASE AND ENTERPRISE BREAK GROUND ON NEW ENERGY EFFICIENT AFFORDABLE AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Bronx, NY– The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Bronx Pro Group LLC,Services for the UnderServed (SUS), Chase,and Enterprise celebrated today the groundbreaking of 1070 Washington Avenue in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. The new 49-unit development will be energy efficient andaffordable housing with on-site supportive services for special needs tenants including veterans. Twenty-one of the units in this federally-funded building will be NYCHA public housing units, making 1070 Washington the first transaction of its kind with NYCHA on privately-owned land.




Friday, April 27, 2012
NYC COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER GATLING AND NYC HOUSING COMMISSIONER WAMBUA LAUNCH FAIR HOUSING NYC WEBSITE
NYC Human Rights Commissioner/Chair Patricia L. Gatling and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua today launched Fair Housing NYC, a new City website explaining the rights and responsibilities of tenants, homeowners, landlords, and building owners. The new site, www.nyc.gov/fairhousingnyc, will serve as a central location for information on discrimination and fair housing opportunities under the auspices of the two agencies charged with providing and protecting fair housing in the City of New York, the Commission and HPD.




Thursday, April 26, 2012
HPD, NYS HOMES AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL, AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY JOIN CITY PARTNERS TO CELEBRATETHE OPENING OF NEWAFFORDABLE CONDOMINIUMS IN BROOKLYN
Brooklyn, NY, April 26, 2012 –NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Commissioner and CEO Darryl C. Towns, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn,and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz join Habitat for Humanity New York City, Amalgamated Bank and partners to announce the opening of St. John’s Residences Condominiums. Located at 1812 St. John’s Place in Brooklyn, this development was built on formerly City-owned land and was funded with both City and Federal funding. The new development creates 12 affordable new homeownership units in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.




Thursday, April 26, 2012
HPD, DHS AND DOHMH JOIN CUCS AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF THE LENNIGER RESIDENCES, A SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRONX
BRONX, NY – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), Common Ground, and their partners announced today the completion of The Lenniger Residences. Located at 614 and 623 East 179th Street in the East Tremont section of the Bronx, The Lenniger Residences is comprised of two separate buildings which provide 92 new family and single units of supportive housing with a preference for the formerly homeless, New Yorkers with special needs, and low-income individuals and families.




Wednesday, April 18, 2012
HPD AND HDC JOIN MBD COMMUNITY HOUSING CORPORATION AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE REHABILITATION OF TWO AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BRONX
New York, NY - Marc Jahr, President of the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and Eric Enderlin, Associate Commissioner for the Division of Preservation at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined representatives of MBD Community Housing Corporation, Monadnock Construction, Richman Housing Resources, LISC, Wells Fargo and partners at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Mid-Bronx Plaza, located at 1441 Boston Road, and Bryant Mews Senior Residence, located at 1690-1700 Bryant Avenue in the Bronx. Rehabilitation work included an upgrade to major mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and extends rent affordability an additional 30 years on each property.




Thursday, April 12, 2012
DEPUTY MAYOR STEEL, COUNCIL SPEAKER QUINN, HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA, TECHNOLOGY COMMISSIONER POST ANNOUNCE 3,500 BUILDINGS USING NEW ONLINE SYSTEM FOR CERTIFYING CORRECTION OF HOUSING CODE VIOLATIONS
Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, and NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Carole Post announced that eCertification is now being used by 3,500 residential buildings across the city to certify that a housing code violation issued by HPD have been corrected by the owner or manager within the legally required timeframe. Local Law 29, which was introduced and passed by the City Council required HPD to accept electronic certifications of correction of violations of the Housing Maintenance Code. eCertification was officially launched in June 2011 in an effort to streamline a procedure that requires a property manager to complete notarized paperwork for each violation that they want to certify as having been corrected.



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