Breaking Ground, New York’s largest supportive housing developer, today celebrated the opening of Park House, the agency’s first ground-up, all-affordable residence for families with children. Park House is Breaking Ground’s First Building Serving Families and Children, Reflecting Expanded Mission of Homelessness Prevention.
Breaking Ground was joined by key partners in this development, including New York City Housing Development Corporation, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York State Office of Mental Health, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance/Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York/Astoria Bank, and Wells Fargo, N.A. Additional major support was provided by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
Located at 4275 Park Avenue, Park House delivers 248 units of affordable housing to the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx, including 40 permanently affordable units made possible through the City’s Voluntary Inclusionary Housing program. More than half of the apartments feature two- or three-bedrooms.
Designed by the renowned COOKFOX Architects, Park House echoes the neighborhood’s beautiful masonry apartment buildings and helps instill a sense of pride and dignity for residents who for years were without secure, stable housing. The nearly 244,000 square-foot, 12-story residence provides 248 apartments, primarily two- and three-bedrooms, and is designed to reach Enterprise Green certification.
In early 2018, Park House will be joined with Breaking Ground’s new Webster supportive housing residence, currently nearing completion, through a beautiful shared landscaped courtyard. These combined projects will bring 418 beautifully designed affordable homes for some of New York City’s most vulnerable residents, in addition to considerable community benefits and improved street activity along Webster Avenue in the Bronx.
Amenities at Park House include a community space, bicycle storage, onsite laundry for residents, and a landscaped courtyard. Park House is equipped with high performance boilers, energy efficient lighting fixtures and controls, water-saving fixtures and fittings, EnergyStar appliances, and extensive green roof areas with drought resistant plantings.
Including Park House, its third residence in the Bronx, Breaking Ground now owns and manages more than 3,500 units of supportive and affordable housing in New York City, with additional units in upstate New York and Connecticut. With three additional Bronx residences planned, and several more throughout the five boroughs, Breaking Ground has nearly 1,500 units of supportive and affordable housing in its development pipeline.
New Building is a Major Aspect of Breaking Ground’s Ambitious Development Pipeline to Open 1,500+ Affordable Units Over the Next Five Years. Source by Breaking Ground, images and photos Courtesy of berlinrosen.
Article by Marco Rinaldi