NYC issues RFP for modular construction project

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The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has issued a request for proposals for the design, construction, and management of a mixed-income and mixed-use affordable housing development in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Modular construction reduces construction cost and development time by allowing for construction of modules offsite. The modules are then transported and rapidly assembled on the development site.

The RFP seeks proposals to develop the L-shaped parcel made up of all Brooklyn Block 4223, Lot 1. The 49,397 sq. ft. site runs along Eldert Lane between Pitkin and Glenmore Avenues with a portion along Grant Ave. adjacent to the MTA’s Grant Avenue A-train subway station. The site is a city-owned parcel under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation.

The project will be 100 percent affordable, and provide housing affordable to a range of income levels that meet the economic needs of the community and further fair housing objectives. Preference will be given to projects that include a significant proportion of units that serve very low- and low-income households.

As a part of Housing New York 2.0, the de Blasio administration committed to the creation and preservation of 200,000 affordable homes two years ahead of schedule, by 2022, and established a new goal of 300,000 homes by 2026.

“New York City has long been a nerve center for housing innovation, and under Housing New York 2.0 we’re continuing that tradition of pioneering new solutions to address our city’s housing crisis. Not only will this RFP generate proposals for much needed affordable housing on City-owned land, it is the first of its kind to require the use of modular construction techniques to bring affordable housing online faster and more efficiently,” said HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer said in a statement.  “I look forward to reviewing the dynamic proposals sparked by this RFP, which will have lasting results for the community in East New York as well as for the future of affordable housing design and construction.”

Deadline for submission to the RFP is Sept. 10.

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