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City wants to turn 2 East Harlem sites into homes

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Louise Carroll has announced the release of a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking plans to redevelop two sites in East Harlem that will include affordable housing alongside retail and community services.

The RFP seeks proposals to redevelop the current East Harlem Multi-Service Center site, located at 413 East 120th Street in Manhattan. Once a school, the building now serves as a hub for 12 non-profit community-based organizations. Development proposals are expected to include a 100 percent affordable housing and new community/office space. A minimum of 30 percent of the housing must serve formerly homeless households.


Respondents to the RFP are required to submit a relocation plan for the community-based organizations, and their proposals will be evaluated in part by their ability to propose a plan that meets the organizations’ needs.

The RFP also seeks proposals to redevelop the New York Police Department (NYPD) 25th precinct parking lot located on the east side of Park Avenue between East 118th and East 119th Streets. The 75-space lot is currently used by the NYPD for emergency response, school safety, and other vehicles. Development proposals for this site are expected to include 100 percent affordable housing and a new parking garage for NYPD vehicles. Preference will be given to proposals that enhance the emerging commercial corridor in this section of Park Avenue.

“Through Housing New York 2.0, we are pushing to create new affordable housing opportunities across our neighborhoods in developments that also add to the fabric of communities. Now we are requesting proposals that will completely transform two City-owned sites through the creation of new affordable housing paired with community and cultural space,” said HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll. “I thank the local elected officials and our partners in the greater East Harlem community for their input and coordination in developing this RFP, and look forward to reviewing the thoughtful submissions to reimagine the future of these sites.”

This RFP is a product of the East Harlem Housing Plan, and was developed using community input gathered through the East Harlem Neighborhood Planning Process, as well as HPD-hosted community visioning workshops and exercises. These workshops were held in coordination with the Offices of Council Members Diana Ayala and Bill Perkins, the Office of Borough President Gale Brewer, and Manhattan Community Board 11.

The results of these workshops are summarized in a visioning report that is attached to the RFP, which developers are encouraged to consult in developing their proposals.

Respondents may submit proposals for one or both sites. Deadline for submission is November 26. For more information or to obtain a copy of the RFP, view the East Harlem Request for Proposals RFP webpage.

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