Categories: New York City, Member News, Openings
On June 22nd Housing and Services Inc. (HSI) joined government and project partners to open a new affordable/supportive housing residence, The Bedford, which is creating 108 new apartments, including 66 supportive housing units for families and seniors. HSI will provide on-site services funded by NYC 15/15.
Located in Bedford Park around the corner from the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, the residence features floor to ceiling windows, community spaces on every floor, a community room, learning center, bike room, a landscaped rear yard and roof terrace. The project was designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, using all natural materials and solar photovoltaic systems.
Archbishop Angelo Rosario, Bronx Clergy Task Force provided the invocation and HSI Executive Director Jim Dill kicked off the program: “We are thrilled to be continuing our fight for housing justice for all New Yorkers. HSI is a pioneer in supportive housing, having opened our first project over 35 years ago.”
Fernando Villa, Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), followed adding, “We knew from the start that this building would be about sustainability, health and inclusivity.”
“HSI has been a steady partner and provider of supportive housing and their teams build community wherever they are,” said Patricia Dawson, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA). “We’ve seen you consistently support tenants as they move into apartments and build spaces that become homes.”
“More than 60 tenants are moving into this building from periods of homelessness. They will move into a home with light and services to develop their full lives,” said Gail Wolsk, Senior Director of Housing and Services, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
“The Bedford is both age-friendly and supports multi-generational needs,” said Gwen McLaughlin, Project Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). “The environmental solutions you’ll see today can be replicated across the State and are an example of how high performance and construction can promote high-quality and energy efficiency.”
“The staff at HSI is all wonderful from top to bottom and I know this will be the first of many new projects,” said HSI Board Chair Mary Hardin. “This will go on for a long time.”
Jutton Hortsman, Director of Planning & Development, Office of the Bronx BP Vanessa L. Gibson; Patricia Hernandez, Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH); Tim O’Hanlon, retired Assistant Commissioner, NYC Dept of Housing Preservation and Development-Special Needs Housing and retired Vice President, Hudson Housing Capital LLC,; and Molly Mattimore, Deputy Executive Director, HSI, also spoke.
Financing for the project is provided by NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Supportive Housing Loan Program, NYSERDA and 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits that were syndicated by Hudson Housing Capital. CSH provided pre-development funding.
The co-developer is Robert Sanborn Development, the architect is MAP and the general contractor is Procida.