FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2016
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NYCHA & HPD RELEASE A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR TWO NEXTGEN NEIGHBORHOODS DEVELOPMENT SITES
City Seeks Development Partners to Create Mixed-Income Housing on the Grounds of NYCHA’s Holmes Towers and Wyckoff Gardens
NEW YORK— The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of mixed-income housing at two NYCHA developments: Holmes Towers in Manhattan and Wyckoff Gardens in Brooklyn. The projects outlined in the RFP are the outcome of extensive resident and community stakeholder engagement as part of NYCHA’s NextGeneration (NextGen) Neighborhoods program, which will generate revenue to be reinvested back into the development sites and across NYCHA’s portfolio by leveraging a 50-50 split of market-rate and affordable housing units.
This RFP advances the goals of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough, 10-Year Housing Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years. It also helps achieve NYCHA’s goal to rebuild, expand and preserve public and affordable housing as part of NextGeneration NYCHA, the Authority’s 10-year strategic plan.
“The NextGen Neighborhoods program enables us to not only create much-needed housing for low-income New Yorkers, but to generate revenue to address NYCHA’s critical repair needs,” said NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye. “This Request for Proposals reflects the input we received from residents, advocates and other key stakeholders after an extensive and meaningful engagement process that will continue as the development moves forward.”
“NYCHA is a critical partner in finding solutions to our City’s housing crisis,” said HPD Commissioner Vicki Been. “I look forward to working with Chair Olatoye and her team to create dynamic developments on these two NYCHA-owned sites that will expand the pool of affordable housing and add to the vibrancy and diversity of our communities.”
Through the RFP, the City invites developers, including non-profit entities and M/WBE firms, to submit proposals for the design, financing, construction, and operations of 50 percent affordable and 50 percent market-rate rental housing, as well as community and commercial space at Holmes Towers and Wyckoff Gardens. Applicants may submit proposals for one or both projects.
Unlike previous approaches that presented a finalized plan for residents after the fact, NYCHA has been seeking resident input at the front end to help shape the final plan. To that end, NYCHA has held 40 meetings and conducted floor-by-floor outreach with residents from Holmes Towers and Wyckoff Gardens and since Fall 2015. Resident input helped inform the RFP and determine priorities for capital repairs, which will occur concurrently with new construction. Preference will be given to proposals that align with resident recommendations.
NYCHA will retain rights to the land developed through a long-term ground lease and provide critical oversight to the project. Developers will be required to train and hire public housing and low-income residents, and proactively engage NYCHA residents on a regular basis as the project moves forward. Rents will be stabilized in the completed properties. NYCHA residents will have a preference for 25 percent of the affordable housing units.
To ensure residents continue to be actively engaged throughout the process, NYCHA created NextGen Neighborhoods Stakeholder Committees, comprised of residents, community representatives, and elected officials at Wyckoff Gardens and Holmes Towers. The Stakeholder Committee will work directly with the selected developer partners by representing the interests and concerns of residents, neighbors, and the community.
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