NYCHA CHAIRMAN RHEA AND HPD COMMISSIONER WAMBUA ANNOUNCE SECOND DEVELOPMENT IN NYC TO COMBINE AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS AND PUBLIC HOUSING
City Is Seeking Proposals From Developers To Build Affordable Housing And Public Housing Units In Ocean Hill, Brooklyn
NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John B. Rhea and NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua announced today the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment ofProspectPlaza, which is located in the Ocean Hill neighborhood ofBrooklyn. The RFP calls for the design, construction and operation of a mixed-use development that will result in approximately 80 NYCHA public housing units and a minimum of 280 affordable housing units for a total of at least 360 new housing units along with ground-floor retail, community facility space and open space. Prospect Plaza is a multiphase development with three sites bordered by St. Mark’s Avenue to the north,Saratoga Avenueto the east,Sterling Placeto the south, andHoward Avenueto the west. This is the second joint NYCHA and HPD RFP for a Mixed-Finance development that contains both public housing and affordable residential units. The first such project, announced earlier this year, was for the rehabilitation of the Randolph Houses in Harlem.
Prospect Plaza is being developed under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP), multibillion dollar initiative to finance 165,000 units of affordable housing for half a million New Yorkers by the close of the 2014 fiscal year. To date, the plan has funded the creation or preservation of more than 126,800 units of affordable housing across the five boroughs; 4,183 of those units in Brooklyn Community District 16 where Prospect Plaza will be located.
This partnership between NYCHA and HPD is part of a collaboration announced in April 2005 to identify underused NYCHA properties and, when suitable, work to redevelop them as affordable homes for low-income New Yorkers. The initiative highlights the Bloomberg Administration’s commitment to working across agencies to maximize city resources for the benefit of hardworking New Yorkers. The HPD/NYCHA collaboration has already produced more than 2,000 units with another 2,000 under construction and in pre-development; including Randolph Houses and Prospect Plaza, for a total of approximately 4,000 affordable units.
“Through partnerships such as these, we can maximize the resources we have together to provide housing opportunities for more low-income New Yorkers,” said NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea. “We look forward to the successful revitalization ofProspectPlaza as a model for future redevelopment.”
“For nearly three decades, Prospect Plaza served families in need of an affordable place to live. This RFP serves as a next critical step in its revitalization, and a shared promise kept to ensuring it remains as a resource of affordable housing to future generations of New Yorkers,” said HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “Under the Mayor’s housing plan HPD and NYCHA have worked together to complete 2,000 units of housing with more in construction, and a robust pipeline of projects on tap. I look forward to continuing this innovative partnership as we work to create a more affordable and sustainable city for the hardworking people ofNew York.”
Built in 1974 by a private developer, Prospect Plaza had four high-rise towers with 365 units situated upon the three sites. In 2003, the development was vacated for rehabilitation as part of a HOPE VI Revitalization Plan sponsored by NYCHA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. One of the original towers was demolished in 2005. In 2007 the project was suspended after it was determined that it was prohibitively expensive and thus financially infeasible to renovate the towers.
NYCHA went back to the drawing board and invited former residents and community members to help draft a new plan for the three sites. As a result, the Re-Vision Prospect Plaza Community Plan was developed with input from former residents and community stakeholders during a three-day planning workshop in June 2010. The Plan calls for the demolition of the remaining vacant towers, construction of new mixed-use buildings with public housing and affordable housing units, ground floor retail space, and a community center.
Demolition of the three remaining Prospect Plaza towers will be completed by NYCHA prior to the conveyance of the sites. The project will be developed in three phases. The public housing units will be included in the first two phases. The third site is expected to include approximately 20,000-square-feet of ground floor retail space along Saratoga Avenue and approximately 10,000-square-feet of community facility space that will be made available to all residents of the Prospect Plaza development. The public housing units will be made available with a preference to formerProspectPlazaresidents. All of the affordable rental units will be available through HPD’s open lottery system to low-income New Yorkers earning not more than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), or what is equivalent to an annual household income not exceeding $49,080 for a family of four.
All three sites will be awarded as a single parcel to one applicant or one team of applicants. The RFP submission period runs from December 20, 2011 through March 30, 2012. For additional information and to obtain a copy of the RFP, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/rfp.shtml
To further the City’s goals of incorporating the latest green building technologies into upcoming projects and promoting design excellence, all buildings in the development must comply with the Enterprise Community Partners Green Communities program. Since January 2011, HPD has required the developers of new affordable housing construction and substantial renovation projects funded by the City to attain Enterprise Green Communities Certification by adhering to these criteria. It is the only national green building criteria designed for affordable housing, and was created to yield lowered utility costs, a healthier living environment and increased sustainability while benefiting the financial stability of both tenants and affordable housing developers.
On Tuesday, December 13, the NYCHA Department for Development and City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) presented a Prospect Plaza project update to the Land Use, Planning, and Zoning Committee of Brooklyn Community Board 16. NYCHA Board Member Margarita López provided an introduction and expressed the support of the NYCHA Board. NYCHA Senior Deputy Director Patricia Barrera presented a project overview, including a chronological timeline and a video clip from the June 2010 Re-Vision Prospect Plaza community planning workshop. Staff planners and financial analysts provided information about the upcoming release of the Re-Vision Prospect Plaza Request for Proposals (RFP), which will be available to the public on December 20, 2011. The RFP will be jointly issued by NYCHA and HPD, and seeks the design, construction, and operation of a high-quality, mixed-use development. The RFP will be available to download on the HPD Request for Proposals/Qualifications webpage at http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/html/developers/rfp.shtml.
For more information regarding the Prospect Plaza RFP, please email ProspectPlazaRFP@nycha.nyc.gov.
Click here to view a copy of NYCHA’s presentation to Community Board 16.