Team Approach Taken for Bronx Affordable Housing Development

In a collaborative effort, Enterprise, The New York City Housing Authority, Bronx Pro Group, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Services for the UnderServed are constructing a 49-unit green supportive housing development.

New York—In a collaborative effort, Enterprise, The New York City Housing Authority, Bronx Pro Group LLC, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Services for the UnderServed are constructing a 49-unit green supportive housing development in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.

Located at 1070 Washington, the building will be federally funded and include 21 units delegated for NYCHA public housing, marking the first time this has happened on privately owned land. These will be rented to families currently on the NYCHA waiting list.

“This is special because it really required a collaborative effort of many different entities,” Samantha Magistro, Bronx Pro Group’s VP of development, tells MHN. “It will provide a permanent affordable housing solution that will house some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations.”

Last year, Bronx Pro Group also built a 90-unit project, including a Dream Yard art center, across the street at 1085 Washington.

“The investment in affordable housing by New York over the years has really led to the city’s resilience and state-wide neighborhoods and communities, and 1070 Washington coupled with 1085 Washington is providing a real community strengthening,” Abby Jo Sigal, Enterprise’s Vice President and New York Market Leader, tells MHN. “1070 Washington is creating more healthy, affordable homes in this thriving community, and rethinking how we build public housing.”

Overall, the units will total over 50,000 square feet of affordable housing, including 16 studios, 12 one-bedroom units, 17 two-bedroom units, and four three-bedroom units. They will be made available to families and individuals earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Medium Income, which stands at $49,080 for a family of four.

The units will have hardwood floors throughout the apartment and include Energy Star appliances and there will be a landscaped courtyard and garden for the whole community to enjoy.

The total cost of development is $21.7 million, which includes $4.7 million from the housing authority; more than $4 million from the HPD; and $12.5 million from the low-income housing tax credit provided by Enterprise. The Bronx borough president’s office will also provide $575,000.

“The other part about this that’s significant is that it’s going to be a very green building,” Magistro says. “The Bronx borough president provided funds so we have the features we need to be a Gold LEED certification, significant in a low-income population that we are supporting.”

1070 Washington will conform to Enterprise Green Communities criteria and LEED for Homes Gold certification by integrating innovative green technologies that will lead to efficiency levels 20 percent higher than a standard building. Magistro reveals that green elements include adding fiberglass window frames, a 90-percent efficient condensing boiler, super-insulated tanks to store preheated water, energy efficient light fixtures, water-sense fixtures, solar panels and a green roof.

“This building is emblematic of the legacy we want to leave to our fellow New Yorkers: a more affordable, sustainable and caring city,” says HPD Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua. “The combination of supportive, public and private affordable housing in a single development forms the basis of a dynamic, centered community.”

The new building will also offer on-site supportive services such as counseling and employment guidance for tenants with special needs, including veterans and the formerly homeless. Ten units will be set aside for people in this demographic and be made accessible for either the hearing or mobility impaired.

“I think this is just the beginning for the corridor,” Magistro says. “We are looking at the site across the street from us, nearby on 3rd Ave. and people are looking to take advantage of the new zoning and the new value that the property has.”