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Land Lease Site: Douglass Houses


Frederick Douglass Houses contains 2,054 apartments housing some 4,588 residents.

Douglass Houses has a $192 million unmet need for capital building improvements over the next 5 years.

Douglass Houses has a $192 million unmet need for capital building improvements over the next 5 years.Proposed Development on Land Lease Site(s)

Manhattan Avenue Site

  • Site Area: 19,000 SF (Approximate)
  • New Construction: 340,000 SF of Residential Floor Area (Approximate)

West 104th Street Site

  • Site Area: 16,000 SF (Approximate)
  • New Construction: 175,000 SF of Residential Floor Area (Approximate)

West 100th Street Site

  • Site Area: 18,750 SF (Approximate)
  • New Construction: 220,000 SF of Residential Floor Area (Approximate)

794 New Apartments in Total*

Note: 20% of proposed residential units will be available to household at or BELOW 60% of Area Median Income (AMI)**

Current Uses on Land Lease Site(s)

  • 198 Parking Spaces

Note: NYCHA will continue to provide parking spaces for all NYCHA residents with a current legal parking permit.

Benefits for Douglass Houses Residents

  • Preference for new low-income apartments
  • Emergency power generation for critical building systems
  • Temporary and permanent job opportunities
  • Enhanced security for development

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*Figures for proposed floor area and residential units are estimates only and are subject to revision.

**Area Median Income (AMI) is a statistic that the federal government uses to determine how much a household can make in order to rent an apartment. AMI is regionally specific meaning that all of New York City has the same levels of what is affordable. Family size also helps determine AMI. The more people in a household the higher the income threshold is. In this case, 60% of AMI is the threshold level (as determined by the federal government). That means that for a household of four must make LESS than $51,540 total in order to qualify for this specific apartment.  

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