NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) Director Brad Gair announced today that the development teams of Galaxy General Contracting, Arverne By the Sea, LLC, and the Bluestone Organization have been chosen via a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to help build new 1-4 unit privately owned homes to replace those that were destroyed or sustained irreparable damage from Hurricane Sandy. Rebuilding is one of several options offered under the NYC Build it Back program, which helps affected residents return to permanent, sustainable housing by addressing unmet housing recovery needs. NYC Build it Back can also repair homes damaged by Sandy, reimburse homeowners for out-of-pocket repair expenses and in some cases, acquire affected properties.
With the selection process completed, the City and the development teams will begin hosting a series of Rebuild Information Sessions to engage homeowners in affected communities in the rebuilding process. Rebuilding the homes that were severely damaged by the hurricane, and returning stability to those households is an essential next step in the ongoing recovery process. For more information, visit: www.nyc.gov/recovery
“When Sandy destroyed these homes the stability and peace of mind that comes from having a familiar roof over your head and knowing where you’ll be sleeping was stripped away,” said HPD Commissioner Wambua. “These homeowners are our friends, neighbors and fellow New Yorkers – and because recovery takes time they’ve put their lives hold. This is why we’ve worked quickly to put development teams together and organize forums to provide an option to help simplify and walk people through the rebuilding process. The storm may have destroyed homes, but it did not destroy the pride of the community or our resolve to rebuild it stronger and more resilient.”
“Rebuilding a home is a daunting task, especially when your life has been turned upside down by a devastating storm like Hurricane Sandy,” said HRO Director Brad Gair. “The goal of NYC Build it Back is to make that task as easy as possible, by managing all aspects of construction from planning and permitting to completion. That starts with these developers working with the eligible families to assess and meet their individual housing needs, and engaging the community to create home designs that fit the character of the neighborhoods.”
The RFQ was issued in May of this year to identify development teams who have the expertise and capacity to rebuild homes that are safe, resilient, cost-effective and appropriate for each Sandy-affected community.
Homes that may need to be rebuilt have been identified in six development areas. The development areas are located primarily in coastal communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, and vary in total units and types of housing to be rebuilt. Since the recovery is an ongoing process, the exact number of homes in each development area may fluctuate as new information is received. The designated development teams and their assigned areas are:
Galaxy General Contracting: Galaxy General Contracting Corporation will be the general contractor with architect Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC, and community partner Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY).
- Brooklyn South Sites: Sea Gate, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach
- Non-contiguous Sites: Pelham Bay, Soundview and City Island in the Bronx, Canarsie and Red Hook in Brooklyn.
Arverne by the Sea LLC: Rockaway Beach Blvd. Construction Co., LLC will be the general contractor with architect CMC Design Architect P.C., and community partner Margert Community Corporation.
- Breezy Point Sites: Part of the Breezy Point Cooperative, which includes the Roxbury neighborhood.
Arverne by the Sea LLC: Rockaway Beach Blvd. Construction Co., LLC will be the general contractor with architect A. Cosentino Architect P.C., and community partner Margert Community Corporation.
- The Rockaways and Broad Channel Sites: Far Rockaway, Arverne, Belle Harbor, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach and Howard Beach.
The Bluestone Organization: Banta Homes will be the general contractor with architect Curtis + Ginsberg LLP.
- Staten Island Sites: South Beach, Ocean Breeze, Dongan Hills, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, Tottenville, Eltingville, Prince’s Bay and Annadale.
The development teams and HRO will begin coordinating Rebuild Information Sessions in their designated areas in order to engage homeowners in the affected communities with the rebuilding process. The purpose of these sessions is to gather information to determine demand, complete the project financing process, and develop home designs appropriate to the homeowners’ needs and the community context. The first meeting will be held in Breezy Point on Tuesday, August 13, with sessions for other areas to be announced.
Following the information sessions, the development teams will work with HPD to obtain approval for design plans and financing, and work with homeowners throughout the construction process. The City will oversee this process and will make routine visits to the sites throughout construction, and will perform a final inspection to determine when homeowners can move into their homes.
Many city, state, and federal programs have already partially funded some of the need for homeowners and landlords to undertake the rebuilding and rehabilitation of their properties. The City will use CDBG-DR funding to complement and build upon these sources, such as insurance proceeds and FEMA funds. Assistance will be prioritized for those with the most severe damage and the highest level of financial need.
Homes which are still standing which suffered damage as a result of the storm may be deemed eligible to be demolished and reconstructed under this program. An eligibility determination will be made once homeowners register for NYC Build it Back assistance and will be based on inspections and other related criteria. The owner application process will be overseen by HRO.
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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 the close of the 2014 fiscal year. Since the plan’s inception, more than 157,320 affordable homes have been created or preserved. For regular updates on news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/nychpd and www.twitter.com/nychousing. For more information, visit our website at www.nyc.gov/hpd
The Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations:
The Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations is committed to planning and implementing innovative and effective solutions to the housing needs caused by Hurricane Sandy. To this end, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Operations created and will administer NYC Build it Back, a program to assist residents in the five boroughs whose primary homes were damaged by the storm. Homeowners, landlords and tenants affected by Sandy who still have unmet housing needs are urged to register for NYC Build it Back by calling 311 and ask for NYC Build it Back or going to www.nyc.gov/builditback.