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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES FIRST MULTI-FAMILY BUILDINGS TO RECEIVE NYC BUILD IT BACK FUNDING TO REPAIR STORM DAMAGE AND IMPROVE RESILIENCY
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway, Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas and Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations Director Brad Gair today announced the first three properties to benefit from the NYC Build it Back multi-family building repair program. Knickerbocker Village, a State-supervised affordable housing development located on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, has received $1.46 million in relief funding to finance Phase I of repairs, and two large, multi-family properties in the Rockaways have received a combined total of $1.1 million for resiliency work. The funding provided through NYC Build it Back will help these properties – which are home to approximately 1,700 households – make much needed repairs to critical building systems and improve their resiliency in order to prevent and mitigate damage from future severe weather events. Deputy Mayor Holloway and Commissioner Visnauskas made the announcement at Knickerbocker Village, where they were joined by State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Margaret Chin and long-time Knickerbocker Village tenant Bob Wilson.




Wednesday, October 23, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER VISNAUSKAS, L+M DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS, THE BLUESTONE ORGANIZATION, TRIANGLE EQUITIES, ENTERPRISE COMMUNITY PARTNERS, INC., AND AIA NEW YORK CHAPTER ANNOUNCE WINNER OF FAR ROC DESIGN CO
October 23, 2013, New York – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), L+M Development Partners, The Bluestone Organization, Triangle Equities, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise) today announced that White Arkitekter was selected as the winner of the two-phase “For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC) design competition at the Arverne East site in the Rockaways. The FAR ROC jury chose the winner among four finalists, selected from a pool of 117 submissions from more than 20 countries. Launched in April, the FAR ROC competition sought ideas for developing an 80+ acre City-owned site called Arverne East into a new mixed-use, mixed-income, sustainable and storm-resilient community that will meet the new physical and regulatory challenges of waterfront development while maintaining the balance between innovation and affordability.




Thursday, October 17, 2013
HUD, HPD, HDC AND CITY OFFICIALS JOIN FEGS AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS AT TANYA TOWERS ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE OF MANHATTAN
New York, NY - Today, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilwoman Rosie Mendez joined FEGS Health & Human Services and partners to celebrate the completion of renovations at Tanya Towers, located at 620 East 13th Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Tanya Towers is home to 150 low-income seniors and residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and have other disabilities. The renovation included critical external and internal structural repairs and improvements, such as elevator modernization and boiler replacement, as well as upgrades to its gardens and community spaces to enhance and sustain a positive living environment.




Wednesday, October 9, 2013
WARRANT OF ARREST ISSUED FOR BRONX LANDLORD WHO FAILED TO FIX HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST DISTRESSED BUILDINGS
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas announced that a warrant of arrest was issued this week for Mr. James Caban, one of the owners of a multifamily residential building at 1547 Commonwealth Avenue in the Bronx. The property is in such a deplorable state that it was placed in HPD’s Alternative Enforcement Program (AEP), an initiative that annually targets the 200 most distressed buildings in the City for remediation. Mr. James Caban and the other respondents in the case previously failed to appear in Court, failed to comply with Court orders directing the correction of violations, and failed to comply with AEP Order to Correct issued by HPD. Bronx County Housing Court Judge Jerald Klein granted HPD’s motion for a sentence of up to 30 days in prison for civil contempt, and signed the warrant of arrest which was delivered to the Sheriff earlier this week.




Wednesday, October 9, 2013
HCR & HPD JOIN COMMON GROUND, JP MORGAN CHASE AND PARTNERS TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE BRONX FOR SENIORS
BRONX, NEW YORK –New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joined Common Ground, and partners to celebrate the groundbreaking of Boston Road, a new 154-unit permanent supportive residence for older adults that is one of the first projects to use the New York State Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) capital funding to employ housing as a strategy for reducing health care costs. The Medicaid Redesign Team was established by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to create efficiencies in the state’s Medicaid program. Last year HPD and HCR announced their joint commitment to utilize new tools and resources, including the MRT funding, to double HPD’s production of supportive housing units throughout the City to help meet the needs of New York’s most vulnerable citizens. Also in attendance were Acting Commissioner of the New York State Division on Human Rights/Former New York City Council Member Helen Foster, New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, RBC Capital Partners, and others.




Tuesday, October 8, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES DEVELOPER CHOSEN TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING, RETAIL AND CULTURAL SPACE IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN CULTURAL DISTRICT
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin announced today that a team comprised of Jonathan Rose Companies, Dattner Architects, Bernheimer Architecture, SCAPE Landscape Architects and cultural partners Eyebeam Art + Technology Center and Science Gallery International has been chosen to develop an affordable, mixed-use development at BAM North Site II in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. The site, located on Lafayette Street between Rockwell Place and Ashland Place, will be developed to create 42 units of affordable housing along with new ground-floor commercial space for a restaurant and 27,000-square-feet dedicated to a cultural space to be designed by Eyebeam and Science Gallery. The site is next to the Mark Morris Dance Company building and cater-cornered to BAM’s Opera House; it is the last site in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District to be developed.




Tuesday, October 1, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER VISNAUSKAS ANNOUNCES BEGINNING OF 2013/2014 "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 RuthAnne Visnauskas 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.




Friday, September 27, 2013
HPD COMMISSIONER VISNAUSKAS, DJ KOOL HERC, BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT DIAZ, WORKFORCE HOUSING ADVISORS, AND CPC CELEBRATE RETURN OF TENANTS TO 1520 SEDGWICK AVENUE – THE BIRTHPLACE OF HIP HOP
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner (HPD) RuthAnne Visnauskas, Workforce Housing Advisors (WFHA) principal John Crotty, DJ Kool Herc and Cindy Campbell, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Community Preservation Corporation President and CEO Rafael E. Cestero, Morgan Stanley Global Sustainable Finance Executive Director Roy Swan, Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) Executive Director Andrew Reicher joined the tenants of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx to celebrate their return to the once blighted property. The City helped finance the sale of the mortgage and the rehabilitation of the formerly at-risk property, known as “the birthplace of Hip Hop,” where in August 1973 DJ Kool Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell began hosting back to school parties in the building’s recreation room. Winn Residential and Workforce Housing Advisors purchased the mortgage note from the previous owners and with funding from the City and a $3 million commitment from Speaker Quinn and the City Council, put a financing plan in place that allowed them to completely rehabilitate the property, place it in good financial standing, and keep the rents affordable for current and future tenants.




Thursday, September 26, 2013
HPD & HCR Join CPCR, CPC, Catholic Charities, and the Richman Group to Celebrate the Grand Opening of New, Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing Apartments in Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY, September 26, 2013 – NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, Senior Vice President & Head of CPC Resources, Inc. Thomas McGrath, Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio, Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services for the Diocese of Brooklyn on behalf of the Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Commissioner and CEO Darryl C. Towns, Richman Housing Resources President William Traylor, and residents today celebrated the completion of Catholic Charities Monsignor Anthony J. Barretta Apartments, a new $18 million development featuring 64 units of low-income housing in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn. Developed as a partnership between CPCR and Catholic Charities, the development is located on the site of the former school, rectory, and convent of Our Lady of Loreto Church.




Monday, September 23, 2013
HDC JOINS THE ARKER COMPANIES, HUD & PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE PRESERVATION OF OCEANVIEW, OCEANSIDE AND HEYSON GARDENS APARTMENTS
Queens, New York – Representatives from the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) joined The Arker Companies and partners to celebrate the completion of rehabilitation to Oceanview, Oceanside, and the senior residence Heyson Gardens. The three multifamily buildings located in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens received comprehensive renovations and major systems replacement made possible by the $66.6 million financing from public and private funders. The funding also ensures that the 328 apartments will remain affordable to low-income residents for an additional 30 years.



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