Joe Restuccia has been involved in the preservation and creation of affordable housing in the Clinton, Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea neighborhoods of Manhattan since 1980. He started as a tenant organizer at Housing Conservation Coordinators (HCC) before moving to Clinton Housing Development Company (CHDC) in 1983. He held various development and housing management positions until 1986 when he was appointed Executive Director. During his tenure as Executive Director CHDC has developed over 1,200 units of affordable housing in 80 buildings on the Westside of Manhattan. Mr. Restuccia has overseen the growth of the Company’s net assets from $250,000 to over $203,000,000 during his leadership.
He has been a member of the boards of the Task Force on City Owned Property, the Association of Neighborhood Housing and Development, the Clinton Mutual Housing Association, and the Enterprise Foundation Community Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Clinton Planning Council and has served on the boards of the Clinton Seed Fund, Clinton Housing Association, the Clinton Preservation Fund Advisory Committee, and the Clinton Urban Renewal Area Coordinating Committee.
A member of Manhattan Community Board #4 since 1982, Mr. Restuccia has served as its vicechair, and at various times chaired Housing, Land Use, Clinton Steering, Clinton Preservation and Housing, Health & Human Services Committees. He has also chaired several community board Task Forces including Times Square Redevelopment, Covenant House Redevelopment, Clinton Special District, Clinton Urban Renewal, 34th Street Rezoning and Affordable Housing Development Task Forces. In the above capacities, he has led community negotiations and settlements, which produced or preserved 1,540 affordable apartments in 126 buildings. The Times Square settlement resulted in $25,000,000 in city and state funding for affordable housing renovated and acquired in the Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Mr. Restuccia served as member of the Manhattan Borough President’s Garment Center Steering Committee. He was founding member of the Hell’s Kitchen South Coalition (HKSC) which developed a community plan in response to Port Authority Bus Terminal Expansion.
He is currently a member of the Board’s Port Authority Working Group and the Port Authority’s Bi-State Working Group regarding the reconstruction of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. He is a founding member of the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Coalition, a broad-based group community, block associations and property owners, responding to the current public safety crisis on the Westside of Manhattan. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance the Business Improvement District serving the Middle Westside from West 30th to West 42nd Streets, west of 9th Avenue.
Mr. Restuccia is a recognized expert on the Clinton Special Zoning District; he both consults and has testified as an expert witness on its regulations. He has been a key participant in the rezoning of Hell’s Kitchen/Hudson Yards, West Chelsea, the Western Railyards and the Garment Center. That experience in negotiating land use and zoning issues in the public sector, has also enabled CHDC to bring resolution to difficult development sites in the private sector, with multiple legal and financial encumbrances. Those efforts have resulted in the production of 281 units of affordable housing and over a 1,000 units of market rate housing.
Fluent in French, Italian & Spanish, he is a graduate of Universite de Grenoble, France & Istituto Michelangelo, Firenze, Italy, and attended New York University. He has resided in Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen since 1979.