CHPC’s “Making Room” Project Becomes Reality

The Wall Street Journal and Crain’s Report on Enthusiastic Response to Call for Micro Apartment Designs

CHPC’s executive director, Jerilyn Perine, discusses the housing challenges and opportunities facing New York City at the “Making Room” symposium

From Crain’s

September 20, 2012 — The city announced Thursday thatit has received 33 responses to its request for proposals to create smallerapartments—popularly known as micro apartments.

The city said the contest generated widespread interest. Since the request for proposals was posted online on July 9, it has been downloaded more than 1,600 times-all across the world. The pre-submission conference on July 31 drew more than 900 developers and designers either in-person or via the Web. The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development issued the request for proposals. The deadline for proposals was Friday.

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From The Wall Street Journal

September 20, 2012 — The city has received a largeresponse to its call for “micro-unit” apartments, from major luxuryhousing builders to those known for creating smaller, innovative projects.

The winner will develop about 50 units, most of which are required to be 275 to 300 square feet, on a currently city-owned site in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood. Officials would also waive certain zoning regulations.

Applicants to the competition include big names such as the Durst Organization; a partnership including Jonathan Rose Cos. and TreeHugger founder Graham Hill; and a partnership of Ron Moelis’s L+M Development Partners and Romy Goldman’s Gold Development.

Read the complete WSJ article here