Urban Quotient

UQ Tapped for NextGen NYCHA RFP


New York City’s Housing Department (HPD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) recently put out a joint request for proposals to develop senior housing on underused NYCHA land in three locations across the city. UQ was chosen by affordable housing developers Omni NY as their architect for the Sumner Houses site in Brooklyn, NY. The team includes Local Office Landscape on the design side and Brooklyn Community Services as the non-profit service provider for the project’s community center and ancillary social service programs.


JULY 27, 2017 3:15 PM

NYCHA Small Homes


We work on a pretty wide variety of projects here at all different scales which is challenging but keeps things interesting. However, we don’t normally take on the gut rehab of single family homes. A GC we know told us about the NYCHA Small Homes Program which is run by Neighborhood Restore, a non-profit organization. The basic outline is that the non-profit buys foreclosed homes from NYCHA’s portfolio, guts them and rehabs them to green building standards, then sells them at subsidized rates to eligible low and moderate income families. This reduces maintenance costs and increases capital for NYCHA, stabilizes neighborhoods, creates affordable homeownership opportunities, and improves the overall energy efficiency of the city’s existing housing stock. It’s a great idea and UQ has signed on as the architect for three homes this year. We hope to do more in the future.


129-41 135th Street, Queens

JULY 10, 2017 2:14 PM