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Nov. 16, 2012

$14M Supportive Housing Project for Veterans Opens in the Bronx

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

A ribbon-cutting and recognition ceremony held on Nov. 8 marked the grand opening of Kingsbridge Terrace Veterans Residence—a six-story housing facility dedicated to New York City veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for those struggling with homelessness and substance abuse.

Located at 2701 Kingsbridge Terrace, the $14 million building is within walking distance to the VA hospital in the Bronx. The newly inaugurated residence, along with Fordham Village, are the first housing facilities solely designated for homeless veterans to be built in New York City in over 15 years.

Both complexes were funded by the Jericho Project Veterans Communities—a non-profit organization founded in 1983 that now serves as a supportive housing agency, providing veteran-specific counseling programs and supportive and affordable housing to low-income families and individuals.

Kingsbridge Terrace was designed by Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects (OCV) to achieve LEED Silver certification. In keeping with the company’s commitment to sustainable building practices, the 44,000-square-foot building employs green roofs, energy-efficient HVAC systems and appliances, a micro turbine for waste energy capture and reuse, and locally sourced, recycled and renewable building materials.

The new residence includes 76 units of supportive housing, each of them featuring a kitchenette and full-sized bathroom en-suite, as well as computer labs, fully equipped gyms, gardens and outdoor recreational spaces. Additionally, the new residence was designed to be more than just housing, but an attractive place “for veterans to call home,” said Executive Director of Jericho Project Tori Lyon at the opening ceremony.

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Images of Kingsbridge Terrace Veterans Residence courtesy of OCV Architects