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CHPC New York

Notes from the Field

CHPC’s board is made up of almost 90 practitioners and experts in the fields of urban planning, architecture, zoning and land use law, housing finance and development, and community development. Board members are involved in hundreds of influential projects all over New York City and beyond. ‘Notes from the Field’ brings you a selection of their latest endeavors:

Georgia Tech visits NYC

CHPC had a wonderful day touring the real world of New York City housing! On February 28, CHPC staff members visited a number of sites in Brooklyn that are closely related to our work.

We were happy to be joined for the day by a studio of graduate students of the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture. Georgia Tech professor Michael Gamble is leading a three-year design + research studio entitled, 21st Century Housing: Making Room in the Contemporary City, for students to develop fully-realized buildings that respond to environmental realities, as well as support the needs … Read more…

Bronx Pro Cuts Ribbon at New Bronx Park

Samantha Magistro leads the opening of Hayden Lord Park.

CHPC was glad to be on hand for the opening and dedication of Hayden Lord Park in the West Bronx. The park is the capstone of a development led by the Bronx Pro Group and the DreamYard Project. Situated on NYCHA land, the park accompanies the completion of more than 500 affordable housing units at the University Consolidated site. It adds communal outdoor space to this revitalized neighborhood.

Tim Lord, Co-Executive Director of DreamYard, opened the proceedings. His touching introduction dedicated the park to his late son, whose memory the park honors. The dozens in attendance appreciated his heartfelt … Read more…

CHPC Goes to Coney Island!

On Tuesday, CHPC staff visited Coney Island to tour the nearly-complete Coney Island Commons  - the fantastic result of a collaboration between CHPC board members Andrea Kretchmer, Larry Hirschfield and William Stein. Coney Island Commons is a mixed-use affordable housing development anchored by a community center to be operated by the YMCA of Greater New York.

When complete, Coney Island Commons will provide the neighborhood with 195 high-quality residential units for rent to low and middle-income families. In an effort to address neighborhood disaster-recovery challenges, 39 of the 195 units have been specially reserved for those applicants who were displaced … Read more…

Findlay-Teller Apartments

Findlay-Teller Apartments

In October 2009, CHPC board members the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) NYC, along with partner Belmont-Arthur Local Development Corp (BAALDC) acquired a 164-unit senior housing development using financing provided by the NY Acquisition Fund and originated by LISC.

The building, located at 1201 Findlay Avenue in the Crotona East section of the Bronx, is rich in historical and architectural detail, having been constructed in 1920, originally as a hospital.  It was converted to senior housing under HUD’s Section 202 program in 1978, but fell into disrepair in recent years, prompting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development … Read more…

Colon Plaza

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The 116th Street Block Association, in partnership with CHPC board members, Horsford & Poteat Realty (HP Realty) recently completed the construction of 55 affordable residential units on three city-owned lots at 55 East 115th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in East Harlem section of Manhattan, called Colon Plaza.

Nearly 40 percent of the residents of the project’s Community Board receive some type of public benefit income and, despite the presence of more than 17,000 public housing units, there still exists a severe shortage of affordable housing in East Harlem. This project worked to address this issue by creating … Read more…

The Pines


In the largest transaction in Fire Island history and the second largest commercial transaction in Long Island, Blesso Properties as a founding member of FIP Ventures acquired a near monopoly of the Pines commercial district:

Fire Island is an oceanfront destination located less than two hours outside of the New York City metropolitan area.  Attracting over 110,000 visitors each summer, the Pines is the premier domestic international destination for the affluent gay community.

The Pines has the highest percentage of gay male residents and visitors of any vacation destination in the Tri-State region.  It is also the wealthiest and most … Read more…

Wadsworth Terrace


In July 2009, Lemle & Wolff, Inc. started construction on the gut renovation of 75-89 Wadsworth Terrace, an 83-unit building in Washington Heights.   The $8.6 million project is funded through HPD’s Participation Loan Program and NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program.

The renovation includes a number of green features including solar-thermal domestic hot water heating, cellulose insulation in the exterior walls and roof, low flow showerheads, Low-E windows, an energy management system to monitor apartment temperatures, a new high-efficiency boiler, low-power electronic light fixtures with electronic ballasts, hard-wired CFL apartment light fixtures, and Energy Star rated appliances.

Additional improvements being made to … Read more…

Coney Island Commons




Coney Island Commons is a partnership project by three CHPC board members – architect William Stein and developers Andrea Kretchmer and Larry Hirschfield. 196 rental apartments for low and middle income families and a YMCA community center will be built by The Kretchmer Companies, ELH Mgmt. LLC and Galaxy Contracting Corp and designed by Dattner Architects.

Coney Island Commons is mixed use development which will include affordable housing and a community center operated by the … Read more…

112 Washington Place


112 Washington Place, a classic 1830’s Federal-style townhouse in the heart of Greenwich Village, recently underwent a gut-renovation by Blesso Properties, which was founded by CHPC Board Member Matthew Blesso. The architect was Andrea Steele Architects.

Originally built in 1832 and having remained in the same family for many generations, this elegant townhouse underwent years of neglect resulting in major structural damage, buckled flooring and crumbling ornamental plasterwork.

Before the renovation work could begin, the building had to be stabilized by inserting a concrete masonry liner within the existing envelope to reattach the front and rear facades back … Read more…

575 Fifth Avenue in South Park Slope


Amie Gross Architects (AGA) have designed a 35,000 square foot building  for the Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) which is a mixed-use development providing studio apartments and social services for 48 individuals in need, including the elderly, the formerly homeless and young adults aging out of foster care. Retail space will give preference to local businesses.

AGA’s main design criteria was creating a project that both responds to the community and achieves an outstanding level of sustainability. The building has been designed to achieve a LEED Gold rating and will be one of the first LEED-certified affordable housing projects in New … Read more…