Land Use


adAPT NYC is a New York City HPD initiative that seeks proposals for the design, construction and operation of a new rental building composed primarily (at least 75%), or completely of “micro-units,” at 335 East 27th Street in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan.  This competition seeks to find creative designs to meet the needs of the City’s evolving population.

According to HPD, the City’s housing stock is misaligned with the changing demographics of its population.   There are 1.8 million one- and two-person households and only one million studios and one-bedrooms to meet this housing demand.  Furthermore, the growth rates of the one- and two-person household populations exceed the growth rate of households with three or more people.  Developing housing that meets the needs of New Yorkers is critical to the City’s future economic success.

A “micro-unit,” according to HPD, is “an innovative apartment model, which includes a kitchen and bathroom, that is smaller than what is currently allowed by zoning regulations.”  They measure approximately 250-350 square feet.  adAPT is looking for the smallest possible unit, that is both livable and compliant with relevant laws and regulations.  Under the adAPT initiative, the City is overriding certain zoning regulations to allow for the “micro-unit” rental building, including, density regulations and minimum dwelling unit size. However, all proposals must adhere to other codes and laws, including the NYC Building Code, which will present a significant challenge to any development team.

HPD anticipates selecting the competition winner by the end of the year.

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