New Affordable Housing Slated for Midtown Manhattan

New York City has tapped several development firms to build 260 affordable apartments on two city-owned sites in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
Rendering of 806 Ninth Avenue

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has announced that a partnership of several development firms will build 260 units of affordable housing on two city-owned sites in Manhattan.

The Ninth Avenue site, located at 806 Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, will be developed by Hudson Cos. and Housing Works, Inc., a nonprofit that provides supportive housing, healthcare and a range of social services. The 100-unit, fully affordable building will feature approximately 11,000 square feet of retail space along Ninth Avenue, including a Housing Works thrift shop. The building will also include office space for the New York City Transit and below grade parking for emergency vehicles.

The Tenth Avenue site, located at 705 Tenth Ave., will be developed by Douglaston Development and The Actors Fund, a nonprofit that provides housing and a range of social service for people in performing arts and entertainment. The 160-unit, fully affordable community will serve households ranging from very low, low and moderate-income, with some units set aside for formerly homeless households. The building will feature space on the ground floor for an arts-oriented community space, a public restroom and adjacent open space that will be developed by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Increasing affordability

The 806 Ninth Avenue building will be designed by New York City-based architecture firm CetraRuddy. The city had previously put out an RFP for two mixed-use, affordable housing developments in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, as part of the Housing New York 2.0 plan to finance 300,000 affordable homes by 2026.

“These 100 percent affordable housing developments in Hell’s Kitchen are a long time in the making, and we need them now more than ever,” said New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in prepared remarks. “These two projects will create desperately needed affordable housing for a wide range of residents, from very low income to moderate income households. Given the severe homelessness and affordability crises we face as a City, these two projects are all the more essential.”

Earlier this month, a 107-unit fully affordable community in Brooklyn changed hands for $28 million.

Image courtesy of CetraRuddy