Carmel Place micro-unit building opens in Kips Bay

(Pictured L-R) Hermit Hewitt, board chair, Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Asociation, Inc.; Alicia Glen, NYC deputy mayor; Molly Park, former HPD Commissioner of Development; Council Member Rosie Mendez, Claude L. Winfield, Community Board Six vice chairman (Photo by Photo by Michelle Deal Winfield)

(Pictured L-R) Hermit Hewitt, board chair, Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, Inc.; Alicia Glen, NYC deputy mayor; Molly Park, former HPD Commissioner of Development; Council Member Rosie Mendez, Claude L. Winfield, Community Board Six vice chairman (Photo by Photo by Michelle Deal Winfield)

By Michelle Deal Winfied

On Thursday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of Carmel Place, formerly referred to as Micro Apartments. Carmel Place is located at 335 East 27th Street next to Bellevue South Park.

Residents, elected officials and Community Board Six members attended the ceremony.

Kirk Goodrich, senior vice president and director of real estate development, Developer of Monadnock Development, LLC gave the opening remarks by saying, “This project was an opportunity to introduce choices while delivering fulfilling creative styles.”

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen provided a brief history of the NYC’s efforts in constructing affordable housing units.

In her remarks she noted that Mayor Bill de Blasio has financed 55,309 affordable since taking office.

“We are on budget and ahead of schedule: 144,691 more apartments to go!” she said. “By changing outdated housing codes we can have safe, decent, high-quality homes that are smaller than traditional apartments. These apartments cost less to build, are easier to maintain, and are in many ways better suited to the lives of our younger people and elders living in our city. This is a template for the future.”

Dario Luciano, a Carmel Place resident and former veteran who is now a fashion designer, said he was happy to live there.

“I go to exercise at 4 in the morning and then walk to work,” he said.

Council Member Rosie Mendez shared her immediate reaction to the proposal of the Micro Units, when she was not convinced they were the answer.

“I said, ‘you have to know I want permanent housing in this community.’ I was not a fan of standalone developments,” she said. She added that working alongside Claude L. Winfield, vice chairman, Community Board Six, she was able to assist veterans who needed a place close to the V.A. Medical Center.

“After reviewing the plans, I was on board because apartments would be designated affordable, eight set aside apartments would be for veterans, affordable apartments are guaranteed for 40 years and the apartments were placed across from a public park,” Mendez said.

Also in attendance at the event were: Herman Hewitt, board chair, Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, Inc.; Joe Pizzutelli, vice president, M&T Bank; Mark Ginsberg, president, Citizens Housing & Planning Council; Robert Wenzel, HUD/VASH coordinator Veterans’ Health Administration; and Rick Eggers, chairman, CB6.

A reception was then held on the eighth floor of Carmel Place.

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5 thoughts on “Carmel Place micro-unit building opens in Kips Bay

  1. Seriously-We’re proud that, due to greedy landlords and the politicians that support them, that the cost of housing has gotten so bad that people are forced to live in an apartment the size of a closet for $3,000 plus per month?!

  2. Aren’t there laws pertaining to how much space a person needs to live in a healthful way? That is a horrible way to live. Better than a cardboard box under a bridge, but what an insult to human dignity! Anyone who would pay $3000 to live there needs to have their head examined. I can’t believe living in NYC is worth that kind of sacrifice, especially as it gets worse and worse all the time and will continue to do so if the so-called “president-elect” decides to make it his main home.

  3. Wow, what crap. Only 144,691 to go. Anyone that believes that this is solving anything is nothing more than stupid.

    I’m also upset with T&V for feeding us this. It’s no different than the liberal media that led us to where we are now with Trump. Thanks.

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