M/WBE RFP Round 2

M/WBE RFP Round 2

516 Bergen Street and 542 Dean Street

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The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is planning for affordable housing on two City-owned properties located in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The development of city-owned land is conducted through a competitive review process called a Request for Proposals that asks developers to respond to a set of goals and guidelines for the sites. To help HPD define those goals and guidelines we are asking for feedback from the community about your visions for the projects.

This RFP is part of HPD’s M/WBE Building Opportunity Initiative, an initiative that seeks to address demonstrated disparities in minority and women-owned business’ participation in affordable housing development. Applicants to the RFP must be M/WBE-certified developers.

Community Engagement

HPD, with the help of the Office of City Councilmember and Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Brooklyn Community Board 8, and the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) facilitated a series of community workshops and meetings throughout October 2020 and January 2021. These meetings were held virtually to maintain safety during the pandemic, and to gather public input for the future development of new affordable housing and neighborhood amenities at City-owned sites located at 542 Dean Street and 516 Bergen Street.

The purpose of the virtual meetings and workshops was to engage the Prospect Heights and neighboring communities to better understand community priorities for future development from those who live and work in the vicinity and have an intimate understanding of neighborhood conditions and needs.

The M/WBE RFP Round 2 Dean and Bergen Community Visioning Reportsummarizes the results of the engagement series including the public workshops and additional feedback received through online and paper questionnaires. Development Teams responding to the RFP are encouraged to consult the report and thoughtfully respond to the community visions heard as part of their proposals. HPD will evaluate how well Development Teams incorporated the feedback from this report in their submission.

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Report Back II
January 19, 2021, 6:15pm-8:00pm
A report back on the feedback HPD received throughout the engagement process.

Report Back
December 17, 2020, 6:15pm-8:00pm
A report back on the feedback HPD received throughout the engagement process.

Urban Design Workshop
November 18, 2020, 6:30pm-8:00pm
An online public meeting to review the community's vision for urban design

Kick-Off Meeting
October 21, 2020, 6:30pm-8:00pm
An online public meeting to introduce M/WBE RFP Round 2: 516 Bergen Street and 542 Dean Street