City Partners Celebrate Opening of 168 New Affordable Apartments at the Elliott-Chelsea Development Elliott-Chelsea Is Latest Development Completed Under Partnership Between NYCHA and HPD to Develop Affordable Housing on Underutilized NYCHA Property
or the other – it’s about the whole. It is what makes this city great, and it is a lesson the rest of the country can take from New York.”
Elliott-Chelsea is a 168 unit 22-story building located at 401 West 25th Street on the corner of 9th Avenue in Chelsea. Each unit features hardwood floors, central cooling and heating, stainless steel appliances, video intercoms and granite countertops. In keeping with HPD’s energy-efficient guidelines, this development features Energy Star appliances, energy efficient light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures. Residents have access to onsite parking, laundry facilities and a green rooftop terrace that features modern furniture and planters. Since the new building replaced a NYCHA parking lot, the 26 underground parking spaces will be available for rent at prevailing NYCHA rates to residents of neighboring Elliott and Chelsea Houses.
The Elliott and Chelsea Houses, NYCHA owned properties, were completed in 1947 and 1964 respectively. Elliott Houses is named after John Lovejoy Elliott (1868 – 1942). Elliott fell in love with the Chelsea neighborhood in the West Side of Manhattan and dedicated his life to the people living there. He was a major force in getting the Chelsea and Elliott developments built. He founded the Hudson Guild, a neighborhood settlement house that still provides activities and a summer camp program for youngsters in the area. Elliott was a senior leader of the Ethical Culture Society where he taught ethics. John Lovejoy Elliott Houses consists of four buildings, 11 and 12-stories tall with 607 apartments. The 4.70-acre Manhattan development is bordered by West 25th Street, Ninth and Tenth Avenues, and Chelsea Park. Chelsea Houses has two 21-story buildings with 425 apartments. The 1.93-acre Manhattan development is on Ninth Avenue between West 25th and West 26th Streets. The newly developed Elliott-Chelsea shares a name with the longtime neighborhood Houses.
Elliott-Chelsea’s 168 housing units include 40 studios, 39 one-bedrooms, 84 two-bedrooms and five three-bedrooms. The units are mixed-income and are reserved for very low-, low- and middle-income tenants. Limits are set by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are determined by the 2009 AMI calculations for this development. Twenty-eight units are designated for families earning no more than 50 percent Area Median Income (AMI), or $38,400 for a family of four. Six of these units serve families earning no more than 40 percent of AMI, or $30,720 for a family of four. Twenty of the building’s units serve households earning 125 percent AMI ($99,000 for a family of four), but can be rented to households earning up to 160 percent of the 2009 AMI ($126,720). The development’s remaining 113 units are income restricted with 58 units reserved for households earning up to 165 percent of AMI ($126,720 for a family of four) and 55 units available to households earning up to 195 percent of AMI ($149,760 for a family of four).
Residents of this development applied for housing through an open lottery system to ensure fair and equitable distribution of housing to