New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has announced a request for proposals to construct a climate resilient, 100 percent affordable housing complex at 351 Powers Avenue in the South Bronx. Located between East 141st Street and East 143rd Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood, the site is an undeveloped, city-owned lot totaling approximately 17,400 square feet.
When complete, the project is expected to yield approximately 80 new affordable homes. Submissions for design and construction will be expected to address the extreme heat of the area. According to HPD, the South Bronx is one of several New York City communities vulnerable to extremely high temperatures and expected to increase due to climate change.
“The science is clear – New York City’s affordable housing stock must be built to withstand increasingly high temperatures and rising sea levels, particularly in parts of the city that are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” said HPD commissioner Adolfo Carrión Jr. “We look forward to reviewing proposals for the 351 Powers Avenue site that are designed with the city’s future and the residents’ well-being in mind.”
A pre-submission conference will be held on September 13. The call for submissions will close on November 18, 2022.