City taking bids for 400-unit East Harlem affordable complex

The project will occupy a full city block and use “passive house” design
May 23, 2016 10:35AM

City Hall is seeking developers for a block-wide affordable rental complex in East Harlem.

The city is soliciting bids to build 400-plus units along East 111th. The complex will be the largest project in the country using the “passive house” design, according to mayor’s office.

The building standard puts a premium on energy efficiency and requires commercial, community and open space along with residential, Politico reported.

“This passive house request for proposals encourages developers to think creatively while taking action to fight climate change,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a prepared statement.

The project will be 100 percent affordable. The specific affordability standards haven’t been finalized, but officials told politico it will include apartments for households earning $24,000 a year.

The East Harlem block, bounded by Madison and Park avenues, will likely be upzoned in connection with the project. [Politico]Ariel Stulberg