The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development has announced the construction of two affordable housing projects in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. Together, the 100% affordable housing developments will create more than 250 homes for low-income families and the formerly homeless.
One of the projects is located at 705 Tenth Avenue, and is being developed in a collaboration between Douglaston Development and The Actors Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of social services, counseling, and vocational training. The building will contain 160 affordable units. The ground floor of the new structure will have an arts-oriented community space operated by Spaceworks, public restrooms, and open space to be managed by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
The second project is located at 806 Ninth Avenue and will be developed by Hudson Companies and Housing Works, a Manhattan-based nonprofit that provides supportive housing, healthcare, and a range of social services. The building will contain approximately 100 affordable homes, 11,000 square feet of retail along Ninth Avenue, office space for New York City Transit workers, and cellar-level parking for emergency vehicles.
“We need more affordable housing in neighborhoods across New York City,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “That’s why I’m happy HPD has selected teams to build 258 new affordable units on these two city-owned sites, as promised in the Hudson Yards Points of Agreement.”
Both developments are part of the City’s Housing New York 2.0 plan to finance 300,000 affordable homes by 2026. To date, the city has financed 87,557 affordable apartments since 2014 by accelerating the RFP pipeline and advancing development of remaining vacant land suitable for residential development. As a result, New York City has already issued RFPs for 72 projects across 206 public sites that will generate more than 11,000 affordable homes.