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What We Do MWS Community Planning

The Middle West Side (MWS) has a long history of community organizing with a strong impact on proposed development. CHDC is committed to building on that community expertise to protect and preserve the Middle West Side. Our work advocates for responsible development that both preserves the community fabric and builds upon it. CHDC works with local stakeholders, including residents, block associations, and Manhattan Community Board 4 (MCB4) to respond to and address community needs and concerns with its technical expertise to ensure they are met by the private sector, government agencies, and elected officials.

Technical Assistance

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CHDC provides technical assistance to block associations, neighborhood not-for-profits, and Manhattan Community Board #4 on a broad range of issues, including evaluating proposed private sector developments and public improvements, reviewing rezoning and zoning text amendments, and tracking enforcement of zoning provisions. CHDC also provides technical assistance to other community organizations and coalitions for community planning needs and initiatives.

Urban Planning Studies

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CHDC works with MCB4, elected officials, not-for-profit institutions, community organizations, and block associations on community-based urban planning initiatives and studies. Recent community planning studies have included an in-depth analysis of hotel construction resulting from the Hudson Yards Rezoning; an inventory of potential landmark eligible buildings within Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea; and a report on the enforcement of demolition restrictions in the District's four Special Zoning Districts. CHDC also provides research and mapping assistance for larger neighborhood initiatives, such as the Hell's Kitchen South Coalition (HKSC). This work has had a powerful impact on policies that shape the Clinton/Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea neighborhoods. In 2016, CHDC supported the HKSC in organizing a response to the proposed redevelopment of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Site Planning Studies

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CHDC offers its expertise for a range of proposed developments in the public and private sector. Recent site planning has included proposed Covenant House redevelopment; proposed NYCHA Harborview Houses redevelopment; and the Slaughterhouse proposed development. A major example of site planning includes the Irish Arts Center, which involves multiple publicly owned properties.

Open Space Planning Studies

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CHDC develops open spaces both for tenants and community. CHDC has led community-based, open space design processes, including the NYCHA Harborview Houses' Overall Landscaping Plan and NYCHA Fulton Houses' Landscape and Playground Plan. To allow community members to further lead the development process, CHDC initiated a public involvement process for community visioning of DeWitt Clinton Park to ensure community members lead the redesign process. CHDC also plans and designs community gardens and community Key Parks, integrated into new CHDC developments.

Paddy's Market Historic District

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Clinton Housing Development Company (CHDC), a not-for-profit community-based organization dedicated to building and preserving affordable housing in Clinton/Hell's Kitchen, proposed to nominate Paddy's Market, a stretch of Ninth Avenue that was once one of the best-known pushcart markets in Manhattan, to be listed as a historic district on the State and National Register of Historic Places in 2020-2021. The National Park Service designated the District in April 2022. The Historic District includes nine block fronts on either side of Ninth Avenue between West 35th and West 40th Streets and portions of surrounding blocks.

Paddy's Market was originally established around 1885 by Irish and German immigrant pushcart peddlers who lined the avenue with their wares. The market was a central feature of the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, supported and operated by those living in neighboring tenements, but also a destination within the greater New York City region. It lasted until 1938, when the city abolished the market in an effort to ease traffic congestion related to the newly constructed Lincoln Tunnel. In the decades after the market was closed, the name "Paddy's Market" came to refer to the stretch of international food stores and restaurants along Ninth Avenue in the area of the former market. Several legacy stores purveying food to the Clinton/Hell's Kitchen community remain to this day.

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The District boundaries are inclusive of the Ninth Avenue corridor, primarily on the east side of the Avenue but also on the west side, as well as the intact collection of extant tenements and other buildings on the side streets, which are associated with the history of Paddy's Market.

The District includes nearly 80 buildings, most of them mid-to-late nineteenth-century pre-law or old-law tenements. In many cases, their storefronts remain intact, even as they continue to house food stores and restaurants.

A presentation was given in December 2020 to Manhattan Community Board 4, that meeting recording on YouTube can be accessed at: shorturl.at/sAIQX. At the public meetings on October 27th and November 17th, 2021, presentations were made by CHDC in partnership with Manhattan Community Board 4 and the Hudson Yards Hell's Kitchen Business Improvement District on the history of the district, the boundaries, and the various benefits related to being listed on the National Register.

On February 10th, 2022, CHDC and the New York State Historic Preservation Office hosted another public meeting to answer questions. The historic district will be considered by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation at its next meeting, March 10, 2022, for nomination to the National and State Registers of Historic Places. The District was designated by the National Park Service on April 28, 2022.

Paddy's Market National Register Historic District Public Meeting with NY State Historic Preservation Office

For neighborhood residents, tenants, property owners, businesses, and community leaders who would like to learn about new opportunities provided by National Register listing.

For answers to frequently asked questions related to owning a contributing property in a National Register historic district, visit:

What is the National Register?

Established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is the official list of historic properties that have been recognized as significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. The Division for Historic Preservation of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (also known as the State Historic Preservation Office or SHPO) coordinates the National Register program in New York State as well as the parallel State Register program.

Properties can be listed in the National Register as individual buildings/structures or as historic districts. Districts are groupings of properties such as residential neighborhoods, commercial downtowns, and industrial complexes. District boundaries are drawn based on a number of factors, most importantly the history of the neighborhood and the historic integrity" (how intact the historic appearance is) of the buildings within the proposed boundaries.

Historic District Benefits

Tax Incentives: Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Access to New York City, State and Federal Grants & Loans

Heritage Tourism

Identity & Branding for Economic Development

Does this mean I won't be able to make changes to my building?

Answer: National Register Historic Districts (NR) do not restrict what private property owners can do with their properties. In fact, as long as no state or federal funds or permits are being used, a property owner can alter or demolish a building listed on the National Register. National Register listing does not trigger local New York City Landmark designation. However, listing on the NR does make privately owned properties eligible for federal and state Historic Preservation Tax Credits and/or below market loans for renovation. Properties owned by non-profits or municipalities can be eligible for grants. It also creates formal identity and branding for economic development. For answers to frequently asked questions to owning a contributing property in a National Register historic district, visit this link: https://parks.ny.gov/documents/shpo/NRFrequentlyAskedQuestions.pdf


October & November 2021 Community Informational Meetings

January 2022 State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) send out notification letters to property owners in the proposed district

February 2022 Public meeting with
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March 2022 State Review Board Meeting

April 2022 National Park Service approved Paddy's Market Historic District Designation

Connect to Manhattan CB4

Manhattan CB4 comprises the area between 14th and 59th streets - to the west of Eighth Ave. north of 26th St., and to the west of Sixth Ave. south of 26th St., commonly referred to as the Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen neighborhoods.

To keep up to date with proposed developments in the Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, connect with Manhattan Community Board 4, the local City agency. You will find local services and resources, archives of meetings, and planning documents related to everything that shapes these neighborhoods, including housing, land use, parks and waterfront, business licenses, transportation, arts, and education.

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More of What We Do

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Affordable Hell's

CHDC develops affordable housing for households with a wide range of incomes in the Clinton/Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea neighborhoods, as well as affordable retail and not-for-profit space.

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CHDC builds community in Clinton/Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea by developing green spaces, organizing tenant activities, and supporting and managing community efforts and events.

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Clinton/Hell's Kitchen Studios

CHDC creates and manages affordable spaces for artists, performers, and musicians to support and expand cultural activities in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen community.