RFQ Process

The Tarrytown Municipal Housing Authority (“TMHA”) issued a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) to identify a partner and master development team (“Developer”) to successfully redevelop the two contiguous public housing sites known as Franklin Towers (“FT” or “Site 1”) and Franklin Courts (“FC” or “Site 2”), collectively known as the “Sites”.  Franklin Towers is a 10-story elevator apartment building built in 1963 with 81 family units. Franklin Courts, built in 1955, consists of 70 family units in 14 one- to two- story multi-family structures on 6.65 acres. The TMHA’s goal was to work with a reputable and well-financed master development partner with a proven record of rehabilitation, redevelopment and master planning communities using Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHC) and HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and Section 18 Demolition and Disposition programs.

As a result of the RFQ Process, in August of 2021 the Development Team of WBP Development LLC, Duvernay + Brooks, LLC and Housing Action Council successfully demonstrated its experience with previous successful public-private partnerships to plan, design, finance, develop and construct high-quality, mixed-income sites and was selected to work collaboratively with the Tarrytown Municipal Housing Authority.   The Development Team will accomplish TMHA’s vision for a comprehensive and sustainable redevelopment of the Sites that should feature, at a minimum:

  • Rehabilitate Franklin Towers in order to bring it up to modern standards and preserve it as affordable housing in the long term
  • Preserve and/or expand the number of subsidized units on the Franklin Courts site for the long term
  • Evaluate the ability to increase the number of housing units on the Franklin Courts site in order to create a mixed-income community and potentially provide additional workforce and market rate units
  • No involuntary displacement of current tenants
  • Enhanced green spaces, sustainable building techniques and energy efficient design including compliance with regulations related to the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act)
  • Improved connectivity to adjacent neighborhoods
  • All necessary ancillary uses, including parking, infrastructure and site improvements

The breakdown of the existing unit mix at both sites is detailed below.

Units1BR2BR3 BR4 BRTotal
Franklin Towers313214481
Franklin Courts83620670