Rosie Celebrates the Stacking of NYC’s First Ever Micro-Unit Building in Kips Bay

On May 20th, Rosie joined the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB), Monadnock Development, and partners to announce, celebrate and observe the stacking of micro-units of what was once known as My Micro NY, now known as Carmel Place. In late January 2013, HPD announced that a development team composed of Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS had won the competition to construct a stand-alone “Micro Units” building on a city-owned lot located at 335 East 27th Street. The building will be subject to a 30 year regulatory agreement with HPD. Community Board 6 residents will receive a preference for 50% of the units in the building. There will be a total of fifty-five units, in which 22 (or 40%) of the total units will be affordable. Eleven units (20%) of the total units will be affordable to households whose incomes are up to 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). Eight (8) units or approximately fifteen percent (15%) of the total units will be rented to United States Veterans who will receive a project-based voucher (PBV) allocation of rental assistance vouchers under the Veteran Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) program. Three (3) units or approximately five percent (5%) of the total units will be affordable to households whose incomes are up to 130% of AMI.

“The arrival of Carmel Place is historic. This pilot program is unique as an unattached stand-alone building comprised entirely of micro-units apartments. I am very excited that this project will set aside 15% of the affordable units for United States Veterans who will be in walking distance from the Veterans Hospital. I want to thank Tim Sullivan, former staff person to Deputy Mayor Steele, for working with me and Community Board 6 on securing a diversity of income bands on this project, as well as permanently affordable units for our Veterans. Lastly, I would like to thank Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his vision and leadership on this project. I believe this is a legacy we can both be proud of.”

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