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Thursday, October 23, 2014
HPD & HDC JOIN HIGH HAWK LLC AND PARTNERS TO BREAK GROUND ON A NEW 72-UNIT MIXED-INCOME AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Bronx, N.Y. – The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Senior Vice President of Development Anthony Richardson and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Assistant Commissioner Susan Kensky joined High Hawk LLC and project partners to break ground on the High Hawk Apartments development in the Crotona Park East neighborhood of the Bronx. The new 105,896 square-foot, eight-story development will be located at 1776 Boston Road and will provide 72 new affordable apartments for a diversity of income levels




Wednesday, October 15, 2014
HPD AND HCR JOIN THE LOWER EASTSIDE SERVICE CENTER TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF FRANKLIN AVENUE RESIDENCE, A NEW SUPPORTIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRONX
BRONX, N.Y. - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) join the Lower Eastside Service Center (LESC) and development partners to celebrate the opening of Franklin Avenue Residence, a new 98 unit supportive housing residence in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx. This development benefits from the New York City and New York State NY/NY III agreement and will provide 71 units of permanent housing to formerly homeless individuals




Friday, October 10, 2014
HPD, SBS, AND PARTNERS CELEBRATE FIRST WORKSHOP IN NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES ENTERPRISES IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer were joined by the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Holland & Knight, and the Minority Business Development Institute (MBDI) today to kick off a series of capacity building workshops designed specifically for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs). The workshops, which are part of Building Opportunity, HPD’s multi-pronged M/WBE initiative, will provide valuable insight and instruction into industry best practices to aid M/WBE’s seeking to compete more effectively for HPD-supported affordable housing development work. The free courses provided by HPD and SBS will meet twice a month from October 2014 to March 2015.




Friday, October 3, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN ANNOUNCES BEGINNING OF 2014-2015 "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 Vick Been reminded residential building owners of their legal obligation to provide tenants with hot water year-round and heat when the outdoor temperature warrants it. The 2014-2015 “heat season” begins this month and continues through May 31, 2015




Wednesday, September 24, 2014
HDC AND HPD JOIN OMNI NY LLC AND PARTNERS TO BREAK GROUND ON A NEW 176-UNIT AFFORDABLE ENERGY-EFFICIENT RENTAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRONX
Bronx, N.Y. – The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Gary Rodney and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Assistant Commissioner Susan Kensky joined Omni New York, LLC’s Managing Directors and Co-Founders Eugene Schneur and Mo Vaughn and project partners to break ground on the 655 Morris Avenue development in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx. The new development will include 175 low- and moderate-income units of affordable housing, excluding one superintendent unit. Twenty percent of the development’s units will be available to formerly homeless households. In addition to other green features, the sustainable construction of this building will include the installation of a cogeneration system that will reduce costs as well as the building’s dependency on electricity supplied by Con Edison or other energy providers. The developers will seek to receive LEED Silver Certification for this development.




Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN AND HDC PRESIDENT RODNEY JOIN SELFHELP, ENTERPRISE, CHASE AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF A NEW TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED SENIOR RESIDENCE IN FLUSHING, QUEENS
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - FLUSHING, N.Y. - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Gary Rodney joined Selfhelp Community Services President of the Board of Directors Raymond V.J. Schrag and CEO Stuart C. Kaplan, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise), JP Morgan Chase and partners to celebrate the ceremonial opening of Selfhelp K-VII, a 92 unit affordable senior housing residence located at 137-39 45th Avenue in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. The 14-story new development features a groundbreaking Virtual Senior Center (VSC) program and the 9,000-square-foot federally qualified Charles B. Wang Health and Wellness Center which is being built in conjunction with Selfhelp K-VII to bring much-needed medical services to the area. The wellness center is scheduled to open next year. The development’s programs promote general health and wellness as well as assists homebound seniors and other community members in overcoming social isolation.




Thursday, September 18, 2014
HPD JOINS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NYC AND PARTNERS TO BREAK GROUND ON ANEW 15-UNIT HOMEOWNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN BROOKLYN
Brooklyn, N.Y. - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) joins Habitat for Humanity New York City, development partners and future homeowners to celebrate the start of construction on the Dean Street development, a 15-unit complex that will provide affordable homeownership opportunities for low-income families in the Ocean Hill/Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. The creation of this development was made possible through financing from HPD, the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, the New York State Housing Trust Fund, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, and other project partners




Tuesday, September 9, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN JOINS YUCO REAL ESTATE AND ITS PARTNERS
Bronx, N.Y. - New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been joined its largest Asian-American-owned affordable housing development partner developer Yuco Real Estate Company, Inc. and its financing partners to celebrate the start of construction on the Brook Avenue Apartments, a two-building, 66-unit development that will be constructed on vacant formerly city-owned land in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. The development will benefit from the use of underused air rights of neighboring one-story Con Edison facilities.




Wednesday, July 30, 2014
MAYOR DE BLASIO, COMPTROLLER STRINGER, COMMUNITY PRESERVATION CORPORATION, AND CITI ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP TO INVEST $350 MILLION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott M. Stringer today announced a partnership to establish a $350 million fund to support affordable housing throughout New York City, marking a major investment in the administration’s historic plan to create and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing.




Tuesday, July 15, 2014
HPD COMMISSIONER BEEN ANNOUNCES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO BUILD NEW MIXED-USE, MIXED-INCOME DEVELOPMENT WITH 200 NEW AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS IN FLUSHING, QUEENS
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been announced today the release of a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a transit-oriented, mixed-use, and mixed-income development with approximately 200 new affordable apartments in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. The Flushing Municipal Lot 3 development site is approximately 43,200-square-feet and is currently being used as a municipal parking lot operated by the Department of Transportation (DOT). HPD is seeking proposals to redevelop the property as mixed-income affordable housing that includes retail and/or community facility space that will add to and enhance the current inventory of community and cultural uses and spaces available in the neighborhood.



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