The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has selected two separate groups to develop two 100 percent affordable senior housing communities in the Bronx and Brooklyn, N.Y. Xenolith Partners, The Kretchmer Cos., ELH Mgmt. and the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) have been chosen to develop the Bronx project, while Blue Sea Development Co. and Gilbane Development Co. have been selected to develop the Brooklyn project.
“Through Housing New York, we continue to put our seniors first, seizing every opportunity to create more affordable housing on public sites,” said Maria Torres-Springer, commissioner of HPD, in a prepared statement. “The selected proposals will create hundreds of new homes for seniors on underused NYCHA land, providing an anchor of affordability to both individuals and communities.”
The two communities will feature on-site social support, health services and cultural programming for seniors aged 62 and older, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Twenty-five percent of the apartments will be used for NYCHA residents and 30 percent will be reserved for homeless seniors.
The Bronx community is called Casa Celina and will be located in the neighborhood of Soundview. The asset will be part of NYCHA’s Sotomayor Houses, which feature 28 seven-story buildings totaling 1,497 apartments. Casa Celina is named after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s mother, Celina Baez. The building will comprise 200 units across 16 stories. Designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, the property will feature large common areas and amenities including a fitness room, laundry room, lounge space on each floor, second-floor community room and a rooftop terrace. The JASA East Bronx Case Management Program will handle social support services and senior health and wellness programming on-site.
The Brooklyn community is named Linden Court and is located in the neighborhood of Bushwick. The asset will be part of the Bushwick II (Group E) Houses, which include five three-story buildings totaling 276 apartments. This building will feature 154 units across 13 stories. It will also include 3,000 square feet of community space and senior social services, run by JASA, and additional programming run by the Brooklyn Arts Council. Linden Court will feature a senior center with an art gallery and cafe, warming kitchen and two large multi-program rooms.
Last month, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development announced another partnership of several development firms that will build 260 units of affordable housing on two city-owned sites in Manhattan. The Ninth Avenue site will be developed by Hudson Cos. and Housing Works, while the Tenth Avenue site will be developed by Douglaston Development and The Actors Fund Inc.
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