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Network Members Gather for Joint Con Edison and HPD Training

06.21.2019

Training reviewed HPD's role in the affordable housing pipeline, key partners involved, and best practices for developing housing.

On May 22nd, developers, architects, contractors, and other members of the affordable and supportive housing community gathered at Con Edison Headquarters to participate in a joint training with Con Edison and the Building and Land Development Services (BLDS) division of NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

Rona Reodica, Assistant Commissioner of HPD BLDS, kicked off the training by providing an overview of HPD’s efforts to accelerate the affordable housing pipeline in NYC through coordination with Con Edison and other key partners. Frank Cantanzaro, Manager, Energy Services at Con Edison, and Dan Graziadei, Project Specialist, Business Process & Technology Group, Energy Services, reviewed tricks to flagging projects as affordable housing in the Con Ed Project center, and how they are routinely working with HPD to ensure that affordable housing can be fast-tracked. HPD BLDS now has an email address that can be used to ensure the BLDS team is kept in the loop every step of the way. The Con Edison team elaborated on best practices when seeking service and key timelines, milestones, and tips to ensure projects proceed on-time.

Cherry Hla-Htay, Senior Specialist, Business Process & Technology Group, Energy Services, demonstrated the newly launched Project Center mobile app, which allows sponsors, architects, General Contractors, and HPD BLDS to quickly access project information and resolve issues as they arise. The session was closed out with a lively Q&A.

Click to view HPD's presentation, "Navigating Con Edison for Affordable Housing Projects," including contact information.

The Network looks forward to a continued dialogue between our members and Con Edison to accelerate the pipeline of supportive housing in NYC.

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