Archive for Making Room

Hidden Housing: Basement Apartments

The Case for a Conversion Program for Basement Apartments in NYC

Picture1 - cropped

At a time when new housing is urgently needed, this new CHPC study found that there are between 10,000 and 38,000 potential apartments that could be brought into safe and legal use in New York City without even changing the Zoning Resolution.

These thousands of apartments are in the basements of existing small homes, making them unusually advantageous. Basement conversions bring rental units to the market without having to acquire land. They add apartments without altering the size or shape of the building. They inherently rent for less than …

Read more

All About Basements!

Can we boost our housing supply with basement apartments?

base

Join us at a launch breakfast for CHPC’s new study on BASEMENT APARTMENT LEGALIZATION to find out!

With very special guest MARY-ANNE BEDARD,
Housing Stability Policy & Strategic Investments of the City of Toronto

Join the Citizens Housing and Planning Council on Thursday February 16th for third installment of our Beds Books & Basements civic dialogue series.  CHPC and featured guest, Mary-Anne Bedard, will discuss the need for flexible housing typologies in our cities and consider opportunities and challenges that each city faces in developing one such type—basement apartment conversions …

Read more

Carmel Place Ribbon Cutting

img_20161027_104944

Congratulations to Monadnock and their partners on the grand opening of Carmel Place, the first micro-unit building in New York City. Our board members Kirk Goodrich, Lisa Blecker, and Matt Petrula continue to be at the forefront of innovation in housing development, design and finance, helping to improve how New Yorkers live.

We are extremely happy to have supported the development of Carmel Place and the policies that made it possible. We look forward to continuing to help add more housing choices for New Yorkers and to continue Making Room in New York City.…

Read more

Carmel Place, New York’s First Modular Micro Building, Stacks First Unit

It was a beautiful morning in Kips Bay today, when the first modular unit of New York’s first micro unit building was stacked into place.  The foundation was already in place at 335 E. 27th Street, and what was once called My Micro NY will now be known as Carmel Place.   In 2010, CHPC undertook Making Room, a look into the changing demands of New York City’s housing market. We found that 47% of New Yorkers over 25 do not live with a spouse or partner, and today we see that 1 or 2 person households account for 62% of …

Read more

Inside New York’s First Micro Unit Building

my_micro

 

As micro units continue to provide livable solutions to space and cost concerns in cities across the country, New York City will be getting its first prefabricated, micro-apartment complex. Last week, the New York Times toured the Brooklyn Navy Yards home of Capsys Corp., where the My Micro NY units are being assembled.

“My Micro NY, made of prefabricated modular units built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will be stacked into place this spring. The apartments will come with kitchenettes, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, ceilings over nine feet high and big windows. And to help make living in a small space

Read more

CHPC Visits MyMicro Units In Production At Capsys

NeilDanielSarah at CapsysCHPC touring the Capsys production line

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, CHPC visited the Capsys production site in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to see what’s currently rolling down the line–unit modules for the MyMicroNY apartment building that will go up in Manhattan this year!

We were joined by a cohort of graduate students from the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, led by Professor Michael Gamble. Gamble’s students are participating in a three-year initiative that synthesizes efficiency and innovative design.

2015 Capsys MyMicro shellA MyMicro module at the start of the production line

Capsys specializes in modular building of various …

Read more