New York selects RFP winners for $578 million project to create 4,000 homes

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced four winning proposals that will create more than 2,700 affordable homes in central Brooklyn.

The developments will advance the Vital Brooklyn initiative’s $578 million commitment to build 4,000 units of affordable housing. The governor also announced the release of a second round Vital Brooklyn affordable housing request for proposals to construct homes on seven parcels of land controlled by the state.

In August, Gov. Cuomo announced an additional 1,000 affordable apartments targeted to seniors living in the New York City Housing Authority developments that will be built on underutilized NYCHA property in Central Brooklyn, and build on the RFPs that will lead to the creation of 3,000 affordable homes.

The release of the affordable housing RFP follow the governor’s award of $664 million in funding to create a sustainable healthcare system that expands access and transforms care throughout central Brooklyn.

Winners of First Affordable Housing RFPs

Apex Building Co., L+M Development Partners and  RiseBoro Community Partnership and Services for the Underserved (SUS) have been selected to purchase and redevelop the former Brooklyn Developmental Center under Vital Brooklyn’s affordable housing initiative. The development will provide more than 2,400 units of affordable housing, with 45 percent of those available to households earning up to 50% of Area Median Income, including approximately 207 units for formerly homeless individuals and families, approximately 185 units for intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals, approximately 156 units for seniors and a $1.2 billion investment in East New York.

CAMBA has been selected to develop “Interfaith Broadway: Site C” as part of the affordable housing initiative. CAMBA will transform Site C, on grounds owned by One Brooklyn Health, creating 57 affordable apartments.

Vital Brookdale, a joint venture between MDG Design + Construction, Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, and the Foundling Group has been selected to develop one of four sites. Vital Brookdale will transform “Brookdale Hospital: Site B” on grounds owned by One Brooklyn Health, creating 152 affordable apartments. Site B is a 40,000 sq. ft. lot, located across from the Brookdale Medical Center, and abuts four-story row houses and a 20-story building on Hegeman Avenue.

Further, Federation of Organizations has been selected to develop one of four sites. The nonprofit, a community-based social wellness agency that provides health, supportive and housing services on Long Island and in New York City, will create 119 affordable homes on a 21,000 sq. ft. lot across the street from Interfaith Medical Center known as “Interfaith Herkimer: Site A.”

Second Affordable Housing RFP

The New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) is issuing a request for proposals for seven additional Vital Brooklyn sites in the second round of the central Brooklyn affordable housing initiative, advancing the initiative’s $578 million goal to create 4,000 units of affordable housing.

The housing units covered by the RFP announced will be developed on state-and hospital-controlled sites including six on the grounds of One Brooklyn Health and another on land owned by the SUNY Downstate Medical Center-affiliated Health Science Center at the Brooklyn Foundation. Many locations will host a new ambulatory care center, which are among 32 being advanced through the previously described $664 million healthcare transformation investment by the state.

The HCR is asking that proposals incorporate other elements that benefit the surrounding community, including retail and/or community facilities, green building practices, and public and health and wellness-oriented amenities such as open space and streetscapes that will help revitalize the area. Proposals for sites E, F, G, H, and I are due by February 28, 2019 and proposals for sites J, K, and L are due by April 30, 2019.

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