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Monday, November 10, 2014
L+M DEVELOPMENT, BELL URBAN, HPD, HDC, AND PARTNERS CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF UTICA PLACE 100 PERCENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR VETERANS AND FAMILIES IN CROWN HEIGHTS
Brooklyn, New York - L+M Development Partners in partnership with Bell Urban LLC and the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Housing Development Corporation (HDC) along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and partners, today announced the opening of Utica Place, a mixed-used project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The new development consists of two buildings: a 12-story affordable rental building and a four-story commercial building that includes community facility space and a daycare center




Wednesday, November 5, 2014
HPD, HCR, CPC, AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS JOIN L+M DEVELOPMENT, HCCI, AND PARTNERS TO ANNOUNCE THE START OF CONSTRUCTION ON A NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN HARLEM
New York, N.Y. – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), and the Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) joined L+M Development Partners, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI), and partners to announce the start of construction on 260 West 153rd Street in Manhattan. The new seven-story development will include 50 units of affordable housing, an onsite daycare center, and new office space for HCCI. Also in attendance were U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, New York State Assembly Members Herman D. Farrell and Keith L.T. Wright




Thursday, October 30, 2014
NEW YORK CITY AND STATE HOUSING OFFICIALS JOIN THE BLUESTONE ORGANIZATION AND PARTNERS TO CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING OF NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN JAMAICA, QUEENS
Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. – The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) joined The Bluestone Organization and partners to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of 161st Street Apartments, also known as Norman Towers, located at 90-14 161st Street, in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens. Norman Towers is a mixed-income development with 100 apartments, ground floor commercial space, and new office space that now serves as the Bluestone Organization’s main office. The new development features a number of energy-efficient features designed to reduce the building’s carbon footprint as well as the building’s operating costs which help to improve its long-term sustainability and affordability




Tuesday, October 28, 2014
CITY, STATE, FEDERAL AGENCIES, COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND DEVELOPERS LAUNCH COMPREHENSIVE INITIATIVE TO JUMP START POSITIVE CHANGE AND COOPERATION IN BROWNSVILLE COMMUNITY
A group of nearly 40 government agencies, community organizations and experienced developers have come together to jumpstart a broad range of initiatives in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and to lay the groundwork for rethinking how government agencies can better coordinate their efforts within neighborhoods. On September 8th, the City and State along with community partners in Brownsville launched the Hundred Days to Progress initiative. This effort emerged from a meeting in Brownsville in August when nearly 20 agencies and a dozen community organizations came together and agreed to accomplish or set into action projects to address the neighborhood’s immediate needs and to begin to collaborate around meaningful and long-term improvements. In addition to jumpstarting positive change in the neighborhood, the goal is also to lay a solid foundation for long-term partnerships among agencies, community organizations, and other partners dedicated to helping Brownsville residents achieve their goals.




Monday, October 27, 2014
TWO YEARS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY L+M DEVELOPMENT RE-OPENS ARVERNE VIEW, HOUSING COMPLEX UNDERGOES $60 MILLION TRANSFORMATION
Rockaway, New York – L+M Development Partners in partnership with the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) today hosted an official ribbon-cutting event for Arverne View, a 1,093 unit Mitchell-Lama affordable housing complex, nearly two years after it was devastated by hurricane Sandy. Today’s event marked the ceremonial re-opening of Arverne View, formerly known as Ocean Village, and the completion of a $60 million rehabilitation by L+M Development together with City, State and Federal partners and private lenders




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.



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