A Request for Proposals (RFP) is a document issued by HPD that seeks proposals for new housing and community amenities on City-owned land. Development teams propose projects in response to the criteria and requirements outlined in the document. Such proposals are evaluated based on their ability to meet such requirements and advance the goals as reflected in the competitive criteria of the document as well as the Community Visioning Report (CVR) that is attached to the RFP document.
Check out the additional information below to learn more about the RFP process, milestones, and FAQs. Throughout the process, updates about the RFP release, pre-submission conference, required forms, addenda and more will be posted on the Submit an RFP Response tab.
Want to learn more about the RFP process and milestones? Check out the FAQ below.
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How will community input be incorporated into the RFP?
The results of the community engagement will be summarized in the Stebbins Avenue Community Visioning Report (CVR). The CVR is provided as part of the RFP document so that prospective developers can understand and craft proposals that are responsive to the priorities and needs of the community. Amongst other evaluation criteria, proposals will be evaluated in part on how thoughtfully they consider and respond to the priorities and needs. (See the How to Get Involved tab for opportunities to provide your input on the project.)
Will residents who are not able to attend meetings have an opportunity to provide input?
Yes. For people who are not able to make it to the meetings, there is an online Project Questionnaire and Public Comments Map available on the project website. Community members can also offer feedback and submit questions about this project by emailing stebbinsRFP@hpd.nyc.gov. For community members without access to the internet, there will be paper versions of the project Questionnaire available at several neighborhood locations. You can also drop off your Questionnaire at the Bronx Community Board 3 Office at 1426 Boston Road, Bronx, NY 10456. Monday – Thursday, 10am to 4pm. Stay tuned for a full list of participating pick-up and drop-off locations. The deadline to share feedback is Monday, July 17.
Additionally, HPD will present workshop findings at the Bronx Community Board 3 meeting and gather feedback on what we may have missed.
Will there be additional opportunities for community feedback after the developer is selected?
Yes. The community engagement process does not end with the release of the CVR. Once selected, the developer and HPD will report back to the Community Board and other key stakeholders about project progress toward major milestones.
Additionally, after developer selection, requested land use approvals will go through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) and go before the Community Board, Borough President's Office, City Planning Commission, and Council Member for further review.
Will input from people who live far away from the site have the same weight as people near the site?
While we get input from many different types of stakeholders, our goal is to focus on the big picture and to accommodate as many perspectives as possible. We are conducting extensive outreach in the community to ensure that those who may be most impacted by the new development are informed and have opportunities to provide feedback.
Once the building is complete, how can I apply to live in one of the units?
After construction, newly available apartments go through a lottery process. Note that the building will not finish construction for several years, but in the meantime, you can visit NYC Housing Connect online for more information about current affordable housing lotteries.
Supportive housing and formerly homeless units are leased through referrals from the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), HPD, or other sources.
For help on how to apply for housing, contact a nearby NYC Housing Ambassador in the Bronx.
What is a Request for Proposals (RFP)?
A Request for Proposals is a document issued by HPD that seeks proposals for new housing and community amenities on City-owned land. Development teams submit proposals and those proposals are evaluated based on their ability to meet the requirements and advance the goals identified in the RFP and Community Visioning Report.
Why is HPD issuing an RFP on this site?
Many New Yorkers are experiencing homelessness, living in poor quality housing, or struggling to keep up with housing costs. A priority for the mayoral administration is for HPD to finance and preserve more affordable housing, and to enable new affordable housing developments to include important community amenities. The Stebbins Avenue Site provides an opportunity for the City to create 100% affordable housing that will serve the community and New Yorkers.
What is the timeline of the RFP and project? When will it be completed? When will it be ready to rent?
The development of public sites is a multi-year process, and we are currently in the early stages. After community visioning and release of the RFP, developers will have time to respond, and the City will then review the proposals. At this point, public approvals will be obtained, financing will be finalized, and the building will be constructed.
Can the community help choose the developers or proposal for the site?
We highly value community input informing the development of the RFP before it is written and issued, which is why we designed activities and a survey that gather your input. HPD takes the integrity of its RFP competitive review process seriously. As such, HPD is required to ensure that the RFP process prevents potential conflicts of interest (and disqualifications of teams because of potential conflict of interest) and cannot allow community members to partake in the review.
As stated above and in the How to Get Involved tab, the input gathered throughout the engagement process is published in the CVR and attached to the RFP for development teams to refer to in crafting proposals. Proposals will be scored in part on how well they respond to the visions of the community.
Will we be able to see the RFP when it is released?
What is currently on this site?
The Stebbins Avenue Site is a City-owned site that is currently vacant.
What is the current zoning for this site?
The Stebbins Avenue Site is currently zoned R7-1, which allows for medium-density residential development.
What kinds of retail or community facilities can be built on this site?
The current zoning of R7-1 does not allow for any commercial use. However, the district permits a number of community facility uses within Use Groups 3 and 4 such as libraries, nursing homes, and community centers. More information about Use Groups can be found on DCP's website. Potential community facility uses will be discussed during the community engagement process.
What will be the rents and income qualifications for the new homes?
The RFP for the Stebbins Avenue Site will require proposals where 100% of the units are affordable according to the incomes outlined in HPD's financing programs for different types of housing (Senior, Supportive, Rental, Homeownership, etc.). The qualifying incomes for these programs range from less than 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) up to 130% AMI, and include units set aside for formerly homeless households.
Will there be homeownership opportunities as part of this development?
HPD will consider a variety of housing programs for the site including homeownership. Sales prices for homeownership units on this site would be affordable to families with incomes between 80% and up to 130% of the AMI.
Will market rate housing be part of the development?
No, the RFP will require proposals for housing that is 100% affordable, where all units are income restricted and rent regulated through a regulatory agreement with HPD.
Will the units be permanently affordable?
RFP respondents are required to put forth proposals with long-term or permanent affordability. HPD will also convey the site subject to a remainder interest, so that title to the site will revert to the City upon expiration of the initial regulatory period, unless the parties agree to an extended term of affordability.
Will there be a preference for community residents in the new development?
Under current policy, a developer must, during initial rent-up of an HPD development, give preference for 50% of the units to applicants who, at the time of application, are residents of Bronx Community District 3 in which the site is located.
Depending on the housing programs selected and the resulting financing sources, different rules may apply to parts of the development which could result in a community preference, a borough-wide preference, or no geographically-based preference at all.
Will jobs be available for Bronx residents?
All projects financed by HPD must include a plan for job outreach to community residents related to employment opportunities generated by the project. HPD is also connecting Bronx residents to jobs in the building trades. The HireNYC program requires that housing developments receiving $2 million or more in HPD subsidy post their open positions with the Workforce1 system and consider qualified candidates.
Do we know how the new development will impact the neighborhood and associated infrastructure (schools, transit, noise, etc.)?
Because the project will involve transfer of City-owned land, there will be an extensive public review process. As a part of public review, an environmental review will be required to assess potential impacts to the surrounding area. Should any adverse impacts be identified, steps will be taken to mitigate them to the greatest extent practicable.