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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eric Bederman 212-863-5176


HPD Seeks Proposals for Affordable Housing New Construction with Commercial Space
and Open Public Space on the last large remaining City-owned vacant lots in the South Bronx

Bronx, NY - NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for two parcels of land in the Melrose/HUB section of the Bronx. The City-owned sites bordered by Bergen Street, Brook Avenue and East 149th Street will be developed to create mixed-income housing along with new commercial and/or community facility space, and open space.  The site is one of the last large City-owned vacant lots in the South Bronx.  

The Bronxchester RFP project is being developed under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP). The NHMP is a multi-billion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers by the close of Fiscal Year 2014. For every dollar invested by the City, the NHMP has leveraged $3.43 in private funding, amounting to a total commitment to date of more than $21 billion to fund the creation or preservation of over 144,700 units of affordable housing across the five boroughs to date. A total of 44,450 units have been financed in the Bronx with 2,966 of those units in Bronx Community District 1 where the Bronxchester project will be developed. 

“As some the last large City-owned lots in the South Bronx the Bronxchester project represents a unique opportunity to add another signature development to the ongoing rebirth of this dynamic neighborhood,” said HPD Commissioner Wambua. “Not long ago it was a rarity to see new affordable homes being constructed in a neighborhood littered with abandoned buildings and rubble strewn lots. What we now see are thousands of new affordable homes and apartments that have laid a foundation for stability and growth in this community; today this is the new normal. I look forward to seeing the responses to this RFP as we continue to build on our successes in the South Bronx.” 

In keeping with the objectives of the NHMP, the new development will help transform this City-owned property into thriving mixed-use property in a comprehensive effort to enhance the rich character and vibrancy of the neighborhood. Through the addition of affordable housing and creation of new commercial and/or community facility space, this project will act as a catalyst and continue the growth this community has experienced, in both the public and private sectors. The development sites are currently predominantly zoned for manufacturing use. The City will implement the process needed to rezone the area for residential development. 

The Bronxchester development sites include two parcels with a total of five tax lots (Parcel A: Block 2363/Lot 1 and Block 2361/Lots 1, 25 and 26; Parcel B: Block 2294/Lots 43 and 32) bordered by Bergen Avenue, Brook Avenue and East 149th Street, and encompasses approximately 184,500squarefeet. Applicants are permitted to submit proposals for a single parcel or both parcels. One or more developer or development team(s) will be selected to redevelop the site. The RFP submission period runs from March 29th through July 3, 2013. For more information and to obtain a copy of the RFP, please visit HPD’s website at:   

The Bronxchester sites represent the City’s latest ambitious project in its ongoing efforts to revitalize the South Bronx following the massive population loss, blight and abandonment of the 1970s and 1980s. The project is situated just southeast of the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area where the City is transforming 46 contiguous acres located in the center of the South Bronx and shared by Community Districts 1 and 3. Since construction began 2,818 new residential units have been completed, and when all sites are completed it is expected that approximately 3,700 new residential units and approximately 300,000-square-feet of commercial space will have been created. The Bronxchester mixed-income, mixed-use project will add to this overall rebuilding effort, and to the variety of affordable housing that is helping to create an economically diverse and thriving South Bronx community. 

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 About the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD):

HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers through education, outreach, loan and development programs and enforcement of housing quality standards. It is responsible for implementing Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to finance the construction or preservation of 165,000 units of affordable housing by 2014. Since the plan’s inception, more than 144,781 affordable homes have been created or preserved. For more information, visit

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