Monday, August 29, 2005


"Request for Proposals"

City Properties to be Designated for Creation of Affordable Housing in all Five Boroughs

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) invites developers to submit the following proposals.

Cornerstone Program (Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan) Developers may now present proposals to HPD to build apartments on 21 clusters of vacant City-owned lots, including eight clusters in East and Central Harlem, nine in Brooklyn, and four in the Bronx. A minimum of 20% of the apartments built must be for low-income New Yorkers.

New Foundations Program (Bronx and Brooklyn) HPD is seeking proposals to build one-to-four family homes and cooperative/condominium apartments on 99 sites in 37 clusters of City-owned vacant land in Brooklyn and the Bronx. At least one third of the units developed must be for low-income purchasers.

Arverne East (Far Rockaway in Queens) HPD is accepting proposals to build Arverne East, an 81-acre site bounded by Beach 56th Place to Beach 32nd Street between Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Freeway, Seagirt Boulevard and the Boardwalk in Far Rockaway, Queens. The development will include about 1,500 mixed-income homes and cooperative/condominium units as well as approximately 600,000 square feet of commercial and retail space to be built on a 47-acre development site between Beach 44th Street and Beach 32nd Street.

Markham Gardens (Staten Island) On the north shore of Staten Island, HPD, in collaboration with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), seeks proposals to redevelop existing NYCHA housing at Markham Gardens. The housing currently on the site is obsolete, consisting of older, undersized units. At least 370 new units of housing will be built, and about 200 current and former residents will have the right to return to the new development. The new development will include rental apartments for low-income senior citizens; rental apartments for existing low-income tenants who would receive Section 8 housing vouchers; and mixed-income rental units. In the new Markham Gardens, there will also be homeownership opportunities in 25 or more owner-occupied two-family houses.

To download these Requests for Proposals, visit the HPD website at

Printed copies of the Requests for Proposals are available at the HPD Offices at 100 Gold Street in Lower Manhattan. To get to us by subway, take the 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; the 2/3 to Fulton Street; the A/C to the Broadway/Nassau Street station; the N/R to City Hall station and walk east across City Hall Park; the J/Z/M to Chambers Street. Buses that stop nearby include the M1, M6, M9, M10, M15, M22, M101, and M102. HPD is located directly east of Pace University, at the intersection of Gold and Frankfort Streets. If you are driving, take the East River Drive to the Brooklyn Bridge/Civic Center exit.

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