Archive for Notes from the Field

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Colon Plaza

VLUU L310 W  / Samsung L310 W

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 …

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