What will the city approve for the Dinsmore-Chestnut parcel?

In late 2016 the city invited developers to put in development plans for the lot that is located between Dinsmore and Logan. The Dinsmore-Chestnut site is part of a larger East New York Neighborhood Plan, which was developed as part of the 10 year plan the major crafted in May 2014.

The project has a few requirements for these developers of this mixed use building; affordable housing being one of them, which may include multi-family, senior, and/or supportive housing, as well as commercial or community uses and open space.

This city owned site has been vacant for over a decade and is a "symbol of previously unfulfilled promises and a lack of investment in East New York,” said Espinal, East New York's Councilman for District 37 in an article released by Kings County Politics in 2016.

Aside from the mixed use development, an adjacent site will house a 1,000 seat school, much needed in the neighborhood where schools are at capacity. Still another lot, which was the previous location of Chloe Foods, was purchased by Phipps Houses, a New York based non-profit developer, which will use the site to develop 100% affordable housing for the neighborhood.

The RFP (request for proposals) was released on HPD's website on Decemeber 21 2016. Prior to it's release the agency held various community outreach workshops that culminated in the release of the Dinsmore-Chestnut Visioning Report. The workshops were lead by HPD and involved interactive activities gathering the communities needs that focused on the following areas:

  • Housing types

  • Community facilities

  • Retail uses

  • Site layout and urban design

  • Public art in the neighborhood

The RFP process was open to qualified Developers. Qualified was defined in the RFP as having an "expertise in affordable housing development and management; mixed-use development; and, commercial development and leasing. They may be for-profit or non-profit development corporations that demonstrate a capacity to implement the proposed Project, or alternatively a partnerships between for-profit or non-profit entities with community development corporations (CDCs) or community based organizations (CBOs) that enhance the overall community development approach of the Project." Minority or woman owned businesses (M/WBE) were strongly encouraged to reply.

A pre-submission conference will be held at 2:30 PM on January 11, 2017 and submissions were due on March 22 2017.

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