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Arverne Urban Renewal Area (Arverne URA)

The Arverne Urban Renewal Area is bounded by Beach 32nd Street, Beach 81st Street, Rockaway Freeway, and the Rockaway Boardwalk and consists of 308 acres. The City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) chose developers based on an Request for Proposals (RFP), and funds for the housing came from a combination of existing city and state programs. Phase I of the project, Waters Edge, consisted of the construction of 40 two-family homes on four infill sites between Beach 59th Street and Beach 62nd Street, south of Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Phase I was completed in the Spring of 2001. In 2006, construction began on Phase II, which consists of 130 condominiums in the same area. HPD sold the land to developers for $1,000 per each housing unit, and cost savings were passed onto the homebuyers to encourage housing affordability. The area also contains two other projects. Arverne by the Sea is intended to produce 2,300 units, half of which will be affordable to low- to middle-income households. An area adjacent to Arverne by the Sea, Arverne East, has the goal of building 1,600 units of middle-income units. Forty-three percent of the units will be reserved for low- to middle-income households.

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  • Alternative Name(s): Arverne East, Arverne-By-The-Sea, Waters Edge
  • Supply/Demand: Supply
  • Category: Planning and Zoning
  • Scale: Medium Scale (between 1,000 and 4,999 units)
  • Timeframe: 2001 - Present
  • Occupancy tenure: Homeownership
  • Construction Type: New Construction
  • Building Type: One- to Four-family
  • Developers/Owners: For-profit, Government
  • Geographic Restrictions: Site-based Redevelopment
  • Income Restrictions: Middle-income

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