City will build over 250 affordable homes on vacant land in Hell’s Kitchen

February 14, 2019

Rendering of the new development at 705 10th Avenue. Image credit: CetraRuddy

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced Wednesday that it will build approximately 260 units of affordable housing on two vacant city-owned sites in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen section of Midtown Manhattan, one at 806 9th Avenue and another located at 705 10th Avenue. According to a press release, HPD has selected two development teams who will partner with nonprofits to bring an array of services to the surrounding community.

HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer announced the selection of development teams.  The Ninth Avenue site will be developed by Housing Works and The Hudson Companies and the Tenth Avenue site will be developed by Douglaston Development and The Actors Fund. Both sites were identified through the city’s Western Rail Yard plan, today known as Hudson Yards, to be transformed into affordable housing aimed at sustaining the future growth of the city as a place for residents of all economic levels.

The developments will be part of the city’s Housing New York 2.0 plan to finance 300,000 affordable homes by 2026; the city has financed 87,557 affordable apartments since 2014. Since January 2014, the city has already issued RFPs for 72 projects across 206 public sites that will create over 11,000 affordable homes.

HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer said, “As we continue to develop affordable housing across the city at record pace, we are delivering on our commitments to communities. In selecting these development proposals for these critical sites in Hell’s Kitchen, we aren’t just bringing more than 250 new affordable homes to Manhattan, we’re adding vital community space and providing critically needed services to some of our city’s most vulnerable residents to help them lead high quality, fulfilling lives. Good luck and congratulations are in order to all who labored many years to advance the good stewardship of these sites.”

“These 100% affordable housing developments in Hell’s Kitchen are a long time in the making, and we need them now more than ever. These two projects will create desperately needed affordable housing for a wide range of residents, from very low income to moderate income households,” said New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

The site located at 705 Tenth Avenue will contain approximately 160 affordable units that will serve a range of households, including very low, low, and moderate-income households, with units set aside for formerly homeless households. The ground floor will offer an arts-oriented community space to be operated by Spaceworks, a public restroom, and adjacent open space that is being developed by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Rendering of the new development at 806 Ninth Avenue. Image credit: CetraRuddy

The site at 806 Ninth Avenue will contain approximately 100 units of affordable and supportive housing for very low and low-income households, with units set aside for the formerly homeless. The building will feature approximately 11,000 square feet of retail space along Ninth Avenue, including a Housing Works thrift shop. The building will include office space for New York City Transit and below-grade parking for emergency vehicles.


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