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Hunter’s Point South: New York's newest affordable neighborhood

A planned Olympic Village transformed into the first step of New York’s next great neighborhood.

In 2010, Monadnock and its development partners at the Related Companies and Phipps Houses were selected to develop the first two buildings in New York’s next great neighborhood: Hunter’s Point South. The site was originally planned as the Olympic Village as part of New York’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics. However, since the Olympics were instead held in London, the City reenvisioned the land as a 5,000-unit, mixed-income development containing over 3,000 affordable apartments.

 

The Phase 1 proposal mixed forward-thinking architecture from SHOP Architects with 925 fully affordable apartments. These buildings were completed under budget in 2015 and are now 100% leased. The two towers total over 910,000 square feet and include 925 mixed-income rental apartments, 20,000 square feet of retail, a rooftop farm, and over 250 enclosed parking spaces.

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LOCATION

Long Island City, NY

TYPE

New Construction Mixed-Income Rental

SQUARE FOOTAGE

910,071

UNITS

925

Challenges

The construction of an entirely new neighborhood—streets, utilities, buildings, and a waterfront park—requires significant coordination with the local government. As the buildings were designed, Monadnock and its partners worked closely with the City to coordinate the construction of streets and utilities to ensure they were constructed in a way that allowed the buildings to function and connect.

 

During this process, Hurricane Sandy hit the New York area and flooded the Long Island City waterfront, including the sites. The joint venture team delayed the financial closing of the project for four months to redesign the first floors of the buildings in order to move all critical infrastructure out of the flood-prone areas. This work was an “all hands on deck” effort to modify the building design in a short time period.

 

As part of this process, the development team secured a zoning override to increase the height of the building so that they could construct a new, mechanical, mezzanine floor that kept critical infrastructure out of the flood zone. This ensures that, in future disasters, Monadnock’s buildings can function and residents can shelter in place.

Results

Constructed to LEED Silver standards with a rooftop farm, the buildings use significantly less energy than other affordable housing buildings and provide residents with fresh produce that they grow together.

Hunter’s Point South is one of New York’s most successful large, affordable housing projects. These vibrant, fully affordable buildings house over 2,500 residents and provide unsurpassed views of the Manhattan skyline and easy access to 11 acres of waterfront open space in Hunter’s Point South Park.

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