City Seeking Real Estate Developers for Modular Housing in East New York

The city is looking for developers for fully affordable modular housing in East New York.

The city is looking for developer§s for fully affordable modular housing in East New York.

Earlier this year, reports Curbed New York, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said the city would be looking at modular construction as a way to build both low-income and senior housing. Last week, the city took a big step in the direction of making it happen. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development said it will issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) calling for the creation of a fully affordable project in East New York that is built through modular construction.

The RFP seeks proposals to develop the L-shaped parcel made up of all Brooklyn Block 4223, Lot 1. The 49,397 square foot site runs along Eldert Lane between Pitkin and Glenmore Avenues with a portion along Grant Avenue adjacent to the MTA’s Grant Avenue A-train subway station. The site is a city-owned parcel under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

According to HPD, this is the first time in history that the City has required modular construction, a construction method the City is leveraging under Housing New York 2.0, to accelerate the development of additional affordable housing in New York City. Modular construction reduces construction cost and development time by allowing for construction of modules offsite. The modules are then transported and rapidly assembled on the development site.

“As Housing New York 2.0 revs up the City’s affordable housing engine, innovations in building and design technology can help us move faster and smarter. The Grant Avenue RFP will be key to developing our understanding of how modular housing can work for the New York market,” said Glen in a release.

“New York City has long been a nerve center for housing innovation, and under Housing New York 2.0 we’re continuing that tradition of pioneering new solutions to address our city’s housing crisis. Not only will this RFP generate proposals for much needed affordable housing on City-owned land, it is the first of its kind to require the use of modular construction techniques to bring affordable housing online faster and more efficiently,” added HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “I look forward to reviewing the dynamic proposals sparked by this RFP, which will have lasting results for the community in East New York as well as for the future of affordable housing design and construction.”

“I applaud HPD for putting forward an RFP for a mixed-income, mixed-use, 100 percent affordable housing development in East New York that utilizes modular construction. Simply put, this is a win-win-win. We need to explore additional opportunities to utilize modular construction as a way to reduce costs and increase our ability to deliver more of the high-quality affordable housing that our borough truly needs,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

“It is critical that we in New York find more and better ways to expand our stock of affordable housing. New and innovative approaches like requiring modular construction in certain projects should save considerable time and money, and help us reach the ambitious goals laid out under the Housing New York 2.0 plan,” noted Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

“Here we have a lot that can traditionally not be built on, but with modular housing we can build many units of affordable housing. I applaud the Mayor’s office and HPD on this forward-thinking strategy,” added Council Member Rafael L. Espinal.

By: Carl Davidson

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