On October 18th, project partners gathered to celebrate the opening of Tremont Residences, developed by Camber Property Group and Slate Property Group with services by Westhab. The 11-story building in the West Farms area of the Bronx provides 119 affordable apartments of which 71 are supportive funded by the NYS Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative through the NYS Office of Mental Health.
Camber’s Senior Project Manager Joanna Kandel, emceed the event thanking the many partners for their hard work and collaboration.
New tenant Steven Wilson spoke next. Steven Wilson is a 57-year-old who lived in a shelter since September 30, 2017, said “I am very grateful for being afforded the opportunity to move into a new building and receive the support I have from the staff. I am blessed and pleased to live in a building as this one. The staff here is very important to my direction in life and they will assist me in managing my future. I need all the help I can get.”
Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson a longtime champion of supportive housing brought her trademark enthusiasm to the event, Every New Yorker has a right to affordable, quality, and safe housing that enhances their lives and builds strong communities. As we work to combat our current homelessness crisis, I am grateful that the Tremont Residences will provide mixed-use supportive housing, wrap-around services, and amenities to meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents.
Council Member Rafael Salamanca congratulated the excellent team and stated At a time when the city's need for permanent housing for the formerly homeless has reached a critical juncture, the news that the Tremont Residences will be opening its doors to vulnerable New Yorkers and low-income families is greatly welcomed by the community.
State Senator Luis Spulveda added, "Every new home in our Bronx community brings us happiness. Tremont Residences is not just housing, it is not just a building. Today I was present at their ribbon cutting ceremony and heard from some of their residents the same phrase, 'Now I have a home.'
RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner/CEO of NYS HCR emphasized the residence as part of the state’s ongoing commitment to creating supportive housing.
Also speaking were Elissa Ramos-Feliciano, Assistant VP of Housing Programs, Westhab, David Schwartz, Principal, Slate Property Group, Karen Hu, EVP and Head of Development, Camber Property Group and Katherine McAdams, Director at Wells Fargo.
Amenities include a supportive services office, 24/7 security, a gym and community garden.
Tremont Residences was financed through tax-exempt bonds, Federal Low-Income Tax Credits and New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
The architect was Aufgang Architects and the contractor was SD Builders and Construction LLC.