Meet Robert C. Rosenberg, President
Robert C. Rosenberg, President of the Rosenberg Housing Group (RHG), has significant experience in all phases of real estate, from development to large-scale management, as New York City Housing Commissioner (1968-73) and as a developer, policy maker, lawyer and academic. Mr. Rosenberg has extensive experience in developing affordable housing through government funding and mixed financing. He has recently completed 19 years serving as Federal Receiver and then as Judicial Administrator for Development of the Chester Housing Authority in Chester, PA. His final report was filed in October, 2013. Mr. Rosenberg has also provided consulting services to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development with respect to troubled projects.
Turned "Worst Performing" Public Housing Authority into "High Performer"
In 1994, Judge Norma L. Shapiro, of the federal district court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, named him Receiver of the Chester Housing Authority which had been long rated as America's "worst performing" public housing authority. Mr. Rosenberg lead the agency to "high performer" status and rebuilt four of the agency's five sites. The court changed the structure of his oversight to allow him to concentrate on completing CHA’s various development projects. Mr. Rosenberg helped win three HOPE VI grants for the Chester Housing Authority. The redevelopment includes senior, family and homeownership units.
Leading HOPE VI Revitalization
Mr. Rosenberg organized a team to apply for the Prospect Plaza HOPE VI 200,000 square foot redevelopment project in New York City. This team was selected to be the developer of the project. Once complete it will include, 80 units of NYCHA public housing, 284 units of affordable housing, a new supermarket, community facility with a rooftop greenhouse, and a new recreation area. Of the three phases, two have closed and are under construction and the final phase is schedule to close by the end of 2015.
RHG is a partner in two large scale HOPE VI revitalization Mixed Finance developments in Detroit. Mr. Rosenberg organized the teams that successfully responded to RFP's for Gardenview Estates (formerly Herman Gardens Public Housing Homes) and Woodbridge Estates (formerly Jeffries West Public Housing Homes), both of which have been successfully completed. Woodbridge Estates contains an array of unit types including condos, fee simple homes and LIHTC rentals. Subsequently, the Jeffries designation was expanded to Jeffries East, now Cornerstone Estates.
Created Affordable and Luxury Housing for Tens of Thousands of New Yorkers
For over twenty years, before forming RHG in 1997, Mr. Rosenberg provided leadership and vision to the Starrett Corporation of New York. While working for the Starrett Corporation, he created Starrett at Spring Creek, a model-integrated community of 14,000 residents in East New York that attracted moderate and middle income families – a strategy that stimulated the revitalization of the entire community. Mr. Rosenberg created the master plan and oversaw construction of the 153-acre site, including over 6,000 new housing units, a modern community and athletic center, a total energy plan, an early learning center, a retail complex and a state of the art medical facility.
While at the Starrett Corportation, Mr. Rosenberg organized Grenadier Realty Corporation. Serving 23 years as President and then Chairman, he was responsible for over one million square feet of commercial space and over 30,000 luxury and affordable rental and cooperative units. Mr. Rosenberg oversaw the Starrett Corporation's development projects, including the successful conversion of the McAlpin Hotel into luxury housing and the Manhattan Park Development on Roosevelt Island. In Brooklyn, Mr. Rosenberg provided the vision and leadership to convert 230 acres of landfill into Gateway Estates – a mixed-used project including a 640,000 square foot regional mall with its own interchange on the Belt Parkway (completed in 2002) and over 900 dwelling units.
Forged Policies Leading to Record New York City Housing Starts
At the request of Mayor John V. Lindsay, Mr. Rosenberg served the City of New York's Department of Housing and Development for a five-year tenure (Assistant Administrator and then 1st Deputy Commissioner for Development). He developed the New York Rent Stabilization Act and the corresponding trade and industry associations, which forged policies to ensure the Act's success. Mr. Rosenberg was responsible for planning and constructing affordable housing and set new city records for housing starts, in part due to the 421-A tax abatement statute and regulations, which he authored.
Noted Lecturer, Professor, Author and Civic Leader
As a recognized authority and industry leader, Mr. Rosenberg has lectured at Harvard University, the Beijing Institute of Design, the University of Nancy (France), Columbia University and New York University. He has addressed the National League of Cities, has been published on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times and authored numerous articles in industry trade journals. Mr. Rosenberg was also an adjunct professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, where for over ten years he taught a graduate seminar in real estate development and economics.
Mr. Rosenberg is in demand as a symposium speaker. In 2005, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research, Mr. Rosenberg crafted Community Solutions, a series of executive level symposiums to initiate a pragmatic dialogue among leaders in government, quasi-government and non-profit institutions, with the goal of helping leaders identify and examine strategies for success in this environment.
Across the nation, professional and civic organizations have honored Mr. Rosenberg for his many professional and humanitarian accomplishments. In 1995, New York City Technical College of CUNY conferred upon Mr. Rosenberg an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his leadership role in raising standards of multi-family urban housing throughout the nation. The New York State Lung Association honored Mr. Rosenberg for his work in creating smoke-free work places, and the National Housing Conference and New York Housing Conference jointly honored him for "A Career Dedicated to Securing Affordable and Decent Housing for All New Yorkers."
Rosenberg is a graduate of Columbia Law School and is admitted to practice in New York State and the federal courts (SDNY & EDNY). He is a member of the Affordable Housing Forum of the American Bar Association (ABA).
Rosenberg is a Trustee of the National Housing Conference, a Director of the Citizen's Housing and Planning Council, and a former Chairman of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. He is married to Fran Kaufman, a prominent jazz photographer. They have four sons and ten grandchildren. He is currently engaged in writing his memoir, From Ike to Obama and a Lot in Between: Housing, Integration and Politicians.