$318M in Renovations Coming to Hernandez, Meltzer Tower, & Seward Park Extension Through PACT

Date: April 17, 2024

Publication: NYCHA Journal

On April 16, NYCHA announced that capital repairs totaling $318.1 million will be addressed for over 1,000 residents living at Hernandez, Meltzer Tower, and Seward Park Extension in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan through the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program. Over the past year, resident leadership worked closely with NYCHA to determine the best approach for obtaining the much-needed improvements, and they have selected Essence Development, MDG Design + Construction LLC, and Wavecrest Management as the PACT partner team.

In the coming months, the PACT partners will work with NYCHA and residents at each of the three developments to schedule inspections and building studies to inform the final scope of work for each development. Regular resident meetings will continue concurrently to help finalize investment priorities for the campuses. A social services provider will soon be selected, along with programming to best suit the unique needs of residents. The PACT partner team is dedicated to training and hiring Hernandez, Meltzer Tower, and Seward Park Extension residents and will host employment training opportunities for construction and management positions.

“This tenant-supported investment in Hernandez, Meltzer Tower, and Seward Park Extension is a remarkable example of how tenant engagement yields powerful results for NYCHA communities,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development, and Workforce Maria Torres-Springer. “We’re grateful to the community’s resident leadership and PACT partnership team for unlocking this $318.1 million investment in safe, quality housing. These renovations, matched with imminent investments in social services and employment opportunities, are a model for how we can transform the lives of NYCHA residents for the better.”

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