As an affordable housing project, units will only be marketed to households earning 30 to 80 percent of area median income (AMI). This distribution is meant to provide a higher percentage of deeply affordable units and closely reflects the income of current residents of the neighborhood. Fifty units are designated as permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families.
Designed by SLCE, the largely brick building comprises 180,000 square feet and was designed to meet Passive House sustainability standards. This includes the installation of rooftop solar panels by Bright Power and extremely efficient enclosure systems to help maintain internal temperatures without the use of electricity. As a result, occupants are expected to incur lower utility costs.
The project team, which also includes The Community Builders and BronxWorks, recently achieved a Building of Excellence award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for design of the low-carbon emitting structure.
“We’re proud to bring high-quality apartment homes and a much-needed grocery store to the Mott Haven neighborhood,” said Desiree Andrepont, senior project manager at The Community Builders. “This mixed-use development providing housing, education, and economic opportunity for New Yorkers in The Bronx would not be possible without the help of our partners and neighbors.”
The ground-floor grocery store and community facility will occupy 14,000 square feet and 7,000 square feet, respectively. BronxWorks will eventually open a workforce development program within the community space.