A Hell’s Kitchen block that’s currently the home of the Covenant House homeless shelter may soon be home to a new mixed-use development.
On Wednesday, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) – along with the Covenant House nonprofit – issued an RFP looking for developers to bid on 780,000 square feet near the Lincoln Tunnel. The site, at 10th Ave. and 41st St., may soon be home to 700 new housing units.
According to Crain’s and Curbed, the winning bidder will have to make at least 40% of the new units affordable. There will also be between 75 and 100 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless, disabled or low-income households, as well as retail and community spaces.
Commercial space will be reserved for “community-facility uses,” which include doctors’ offices or senior centers. A new headquarters for Covenant House will also be part of the deal.
NYCEDC commissioner Maria Torres stated, “We are committed to advancing Mayor de Blasio’s goals of addressing homelessness and growing our city’s supply of affordable housing. This collaboration will help Covenant House provide even better services for homeless young people, while at the same time providing affordable homes for hundreds of New Yorkers.”
Currently, Covenant House operates out of three aging buildings at the site. It houses about 350 people every night – but turns away approximately 80 people per month due to space constraints. According to Creighton Drury, the nonprofit’s executive director, “We see the chance to build a state-of-the-art facility to ensure we can end the waiting lists, and help strengthen the quality of programming we are providing.”
Curbed reports that developers have until May 2 to submit their proposals, and whatever ends up being chosen for the site will also have to go through a community review process.