Not long after Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, he announced an ambitious plan to either create or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing in New York City by 2024. Since then, developments have moved forward in fits and starts—just this week, we reported that the East New York megaproject has been delayed thanks to the usual bureaucratic BS. And according to Politico New York, the city is hoping to create a new mixed-use development with affordable housing on a nearly 25,000-square-foot lot at 495 Eleventh Avenue, which was once a slaughterhouse way back in the day.
The NYC Economic Development Corporation just released an RFP—charmingly titled "Former Slaughterhouse Site Redevelopment RFP"—asking for proposals from developers, with a deadline of December 11. Among the listed goals is a request for developers to "maximize the affordability [of the units], with the goal of reaching 100% affordability, financed by the commercial and/or community facility uses in the Project in order to ensure a large number of affordable units at a range of affordability levels." While the RFP emphasizes the importance of private funding for these, it also "leaves open the possibility of public subsidies for the project," according to Politico.
The city is hoping that the location will be enticing to developers thanks to its proximity to Hudson Yards (and the under-construction Hudson Park and Boulevard), as well as the soon-to-open 7 train extension at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue. And here's a fun fact: The site is close to the rumored cow tunnels beneath Twelfth Avenue that once served the slaughterhouses in the area. Lovely!
· City wants affordable housing at site of former slaughterhouse [Politico New York]