525 West 55 Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues

Address: 525 West 55 Street
Block: 1084
Lot: 9
Landmark Status: No


Maria Guzman, President
Harborview Terrace Tenant Association
520 West 56 Street, Apt. 8D
New York, NY 10019

David Gilchrist, Deputy Director
Project FIND
160 West 71st Street, Suite 2F
New York, NY 10023
(T) 212-874-0300

Peter Fine, President
Charles Brass, Executive Vice President
Atlantic Development Group, LLC
155 Avenue of the Americas
NY, New York 10013
(T) 212-620-0500

Ilene Popkin
Assistant Deputy General Manager for Development
New York City Housing Authority
250 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
(T) 212-306-4073

Ruth Visnauskas
Assistant Commissioner
Department of Housing Preservation and Development
100 Gold Street, Room 9-U8
New York, NY 10038
(T) 212-863-5637

William Rapfogel, CEO
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
80 Maiden Lane, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
(T) 212-453-9500


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 4/8/2008
The President of the Harborview Terrace Tenant Association, Maria Guzman, has called a meeting to discuss the development project. The New York City Housing Authority will be presenting at this meeting. The meeting is being held on Tuesday, April 8 at 530 west 55 street at 630 PM.

The developer plans to construct a family building and a senior center building. This is contingent upon financing through the sale of inclusionary zoning rights. Community Board 4 believes this would result in more bulk, less moderate-income units and more money for the developer to give to the New York City Housing Authority.

The NYCHA development plan will include the following:

148 senior citizen apartments in a 14-story building on West 56 Street

200 family apartments in a 15-story facing West 55 Street

226 apartments of the 348 dwelling units would be affordable to low, moderate and middle income families (61 to 165% of the Area Medium Income)

47 on-site parking spaces, including 37 reserved for NYCHA residents

The development will dispose:

33,000 square feet of land (the housing developments 37 space parking and basketball court)

Transfer 72,000 square feet of unused, excessive development rights from the existing Harborview Terrace development
UPDATE: 11/21/2007
Atlantic Development Group, LLC and the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) were chosen by NYCHA and HPD to build mixed income residential units on Harborview Terrace site. The proposal will provide a total of 259 units in two buildings. One building would include 113 units for seniors with income up to 80% AMI. The other would contain 146 units for mixed income between 80% – 165% of AMI. Met Council will be involved in the marketing and management of the senior building, as well as providing supportive services for seniors.

As part of the Hudson Yards rezoning, the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) is planning a new building on the Harborview Towers parking lot. The proposed building includes 161 affordable units, including 48 below-130-AMI; and 98 market-rate. 210 rental total, 155 are permanently affordable, between 161-165% of AMI. The purchase price is proposed to be $12 million (the original proposal for purchase was $5 million). The project is a collaboration between the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and NYCHA. The building is being built over the railroad cut; the winning developer is Atlantic Development, collaborating with Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

The senior housing on-site will be 60-80% AMI, or $29,000 per year.

The buildings will be 12-15 stories high.

This project must go through ULURP. Council Member Gale A. Brewer is proposing changes, including more affordable units, and fewer market rate units.

NYCHA and HPD are scheduled to appear before Community Board 4 on September 18th, 2007 to discuss the site.


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