Since its founding in 1973, CHDC has directly developed 1,031 units of affordable housing and 55 commercial spaces in 79 buildings in the Clinton/Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea communities, with public and private investments totaling more than $200 million. Additionally, CHDC has assisted in the development of another 300 units of cooperative housing and 300 units of rental housing.
CHDC provides the community with affordable rental housing for a wide range of household incomes, including low-, moderate-, and middle-income families, seniors, and those in need of social services. Our work continues to adapt to a changing community.
CHDC has also developed affordable cooperative housing. In the late 1970s, these cooperative buildings were owner-abandoned and became City-owned. Previously, in run-down condition with poor services, today they are well-maintained homes of families and individuals of middle and moderate incomes. Most shareholders are long-term residents who are committed to their homes and who have been involved in their building's management and improvement since the late 1970s.
For supportive housing, CHDC contracts and partners with Hudson Guild to provide social services to our tenants at five CHDC supportive housing locations. Hudson Guild has 12 staff members dedicated to CHDC projects.
Built in 1867 on the corner of 8th Avenue and West 46th Street, 300 West 46th Street is a 5-building complex and a gateway to Restaurant Row. Originally French flats on 8th Avenue and two brownstone townhouses on West 46th Street, these buildings were converted to rooming houses in the 1920s. With 81 extremely small rooms, 5 entrances, and shared bathrooms and a few kitchens, the buildings served as affordable accommodation for working people of modest means. Ground floor stores included a deli, a pizza parlor, and Jimmy Ray's, a well-known Broadway theater saloon.
With the decline of Times Square in the 1970s, the buildings were sold to real estate speculators, who net leased them to a series of disreputable operators that sought to maximize income by renting to tenants involved in illegal activities. By the mid-1980s, the buildings had become the center of drug dealing, prostitution, and crime, while long-term tenants remained in place. The buildings were extremely run-down, very poorly maintained, and dangerous.
With assistance from the local tenant advocacy organization, Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC),building tenants and the City of New York brought multiple legal actions against the owner and lessee of the buildings. Eventually, those legal actions led to the State Supreme Court appointing a Temporary Receiver for Harassment to administer and restore the property. In 1986, HCC approached CHDC to be the managing agent for the Temporary Harassment Receiver in his efforts to help stabilize the building.
CHDC began a three-year period of stabilization to make major repairs, improve living conditions, and remove criminal activity, which included 23 drug evictions coordinated with Manhattan South Narcotics, Midtown North Precinct, Manhattan Community Board 4, and the Restaurant Row Association.
After the 1995 legal settlement of the Receivership, CHDC proposed to purchase the buildings from the owner. In 1996, utilizing public and private financing including HPD's Supportive Housing Program and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit equity, CHDC created 70 units of permanent supportive housing with on-site social services. Construction of the project was completed in December of 1999.
The Clinton/Hell's Kitchen neighborhood has a rich local business history, with many long-term merchants being in place for decades. Our developments are built on the stability of these long-established businesses.
When developing its affordable housing, CHDC puts the same care into the design and quality of the building's retail spaces as its residential apartments. Commercial tenants serve a variety of local needs and services. In addition, CHDC's commercial community is also home to a large number of artists and theater companies.
Afficionado Coffee Roasters directly sources coffee from farms around the world and roasts it at their New Jersey facility. A full coffee and food menu can be found at their flagship coffee shop in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.
545 Ninth Avenue
Coming soon - a neighborhood bakery with delicious treats!
856 Ninth Avenue
Blue Seafood Bar offers fine Mediterranean seafood & tapas, including an east & west coast oyster bar, craft beers, cocktails and boutique pan-Mediterranean wines in a beautifully intimate setting on 9th Avenue and W 56th St.
Capizzi brick-oven pizzeria and wine bar is family-run and inspired by memories of owner Joseph Calcagno's childhood in the Brooklyn pizza shops of his Italian-born parents and grandparents. Open seven days a week on 9th Ave. & 40th St.
Cybert Tire & Car Care has been taking care of vehicles and installing tires since 1916 and is NYC's oldest tire and repair shop. Cybert stocks the largest tire inventory in the area and offers a complete line of automotive repairs and services to help maintain the life of your vehicle.
With decades of expertise, Enoch's specializes in quality repairs and personalized service at an affordable cost - whether you ride a vintage bike or a top-of-the-line racer. Repairs, Rentals & Sales. 10th Ave & W. 37th St.
Freidman's mantra "Eat Good Food" means farm-fresh local vegetables, antibiotic free meats and a fully gluten free menu in a warm, homey atmosphere. A family-owned business, this is one of many NYC outposts. Open all-day daily. 10th Ave. & W 35th St.
Family-owned for 35 years, International Market specializes in cheeses, oils, olives, homemade Mediterranean dips, spices, beans, nuts, flours, and an array of different grocery items from across the globe.
Here you can take spice blending classes, and find unique spice blends, biscuits and beautiful books. Chef Lior uses spices from around the world to create fresh, aromatic, and powerful flavors for you to use in savory dishes, creative desserts, and unique cocktails.
PropStar is a leading product placement agency that understands how to harness the power of entertainment to build brands, providing clients with placement strategies for movies, TV, music videos and WebTV.
Family-owned Sea Breeze Fish Market has been in continuous operation on 9th Ave. & 40th St. for more than 100 years. It proudly provides fresh fish and seafood to the Westside community and is open Mon - Sat.
STONEKELLY is a family-owned full service, event design studio. For 25 years, their team of designers, artists, and craftspeople have created thousands of events: weddings, corporate events, product launches, awards dinners, and galas.
CHDC supports not-for-profit organizations providing much-needed services, such as housing advocacy and legal services in the community by providing affordable office spaces. CHDC is further developing community facilities to house not-for-profit offices and co-working spaces, along with performance and rehearsal spaces. Many not-for-profit groups are in the cultural sector, including several theater companies operating in CHDC buildings.
Clinton Housing Development Company (CHDC) is a non-profit housing organization committed to developing New York City's Clinton community and surrounding neighborhoods through the provision of permanent affordable housing.
New Perspectives Theatre
458 W 37th Street
New Perspectives Theatre is an award-winning theater company founded in 1991 as a multi-racial ensemble dedicated to using theater as an agent for positive social change that focuses on presenting new works.
Berklee is the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its campuses in Boston, Massachusetts and Valencia, Spain, and through its award-winning distance learning program, Berklee Online.
Housing Conservation Coordinators is a community-based, not-for-profit anchored in Hell's Kitchen/Clinton dedicated to advancing social and economic justice; fighting for the rights of poor, low-income and working individuals and families and preserving affordable housing.
INTAR: International Arts Relations, Inc.is an organization committed to the development of "theater arts without borders." INTAR, one of the United States' longest running Latino theaters producing in English, works to nurture the professional development of Latino theater artists, produce bold, innovative, artistically significant plays that reflect diverse perspectives, make accessible the diversity inherent in America's cultural heritage.
With a company of over 600 actors, directors, playwrights and designers, Ensemble Studio Theatre develops and produces original, provocative and authentic new plays. EST discovers and nurtures new voices and supports artists throughout their creative lives. We believe that this extraordinary support and our commitment to inclusivity are essential to yield extraordinary work.
The Irish Arts Center is dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come. It offers weekly classes in Irish language, history, music, and dance.
MCNYC is a non-profit multicultural interdisciplinary art gallery committed to the research, production, presentation and interpretation of contemporary art. The gallery supports established and emerging artists and explores ideas at the junction of arts, performance, and architecture. The gallery presents various art forms and does this through exhibitions, performances, lectures, symposium, residencies, publications, multicultural events and educational programs.