NYC HPD Announces Fully Affordable, Fully Electric Apartments in the Bronx

Date Published: 
February 27th, 2024

From the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's press release:

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) today announced the selection of exciting plans to develop a city-owned parking lot at 351 Powers Avenue in The Bronx into “Powerhouse Apartments,” providing deeply affordable homes and a community theatre at an electric-powered building in Mott Haven.  

To be developed through a collaboration between Lemle & Wolff Development Co., HELP Development Corp., and True Development New York, LLC, the announcement of Powerhouse Apartments marks the latest advancement in HPD’s month-long push to advance affordable housing projects on publicly owned land across the city, putting into motion New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ 24 in 24 plan. Through the 24 in 24 plan, the Adams administration aims to advance the creation or preservation of over 12,000 homes through partnerships across HPD, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).   

Last week, HPD launched the start of the process to develop a major piece of Long Island City’s Hunter’s Point South neighborhood into approximately 850 to 900 homes and opened the proposal submission process to build over 100 homes along Stebbins Avenue in The Bronx. The week before, HPD launched the community engagement process to build approximately 570 homes along the Harlem River waterfront in Inwood, Manhattan, and selected plans to build approximately 116 homes for low-income families in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Today’s announcement marks the fifth project HPD has moved forward in the last three weeks, which all together have the potential to create over 1,700 new homes once completed.  

“Powerhouse Apartments in Mott Haven is a great example of our commitment to creating housing that's affordable, sustainable, and rich in amenities for residents and neighbors,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development and Workforce Maria Torres-Springer. “Powerhouse will convert a parking lot into 90 affordable homes that meet our carbon neutrality goals while providing a theater, community space, and a workforce development center. We are excited to add this project to the '24 in 24' commitment, advancing 24 projects to create or preserve over 12,000 homes citywide.”

“Today marks an electrifying start to transforming this parking lot into high-quality, sustainable, affordable housing here in the heart of the South Bronx,” said HPD Commissioner Adolfo Carrión Jr. “The driving forces behind this announcement are a testament to the future of housing in New York City – sustainable, affordable housing will not only benefit the residents of Powerhouse Apartments but helps reverse environmental injustices and moves the city closer to carbon neutrality and healthier neighborhoods for generations to come.” 

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