|NYCHA Chairman John B Rhea with partners at 1070 Washington Ave groundbreaking ceremony. (Photo by PETE MIKOLESKI)|
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Bronx Pro Group LLC, Services for the UnderServed, Chase and Enterprise celebrated the groundbreaking of 1070 Washington Avenue in the Morrisania section of the Bronx on Friday, May 4, 2012. The new 49-unit affordable housing development will feature on-site supportive services for special needs tenants including veterans. The development also features 21 public housing units, making 1070 Washington Avenue the first transaction of its kind with NYCHA on privately-owned land. The construction of the public housing units is made possible through NYCHA’s Replacement Housing Factor funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“[NYCHA] is pleased to be a part of this important partnership with Bronx Pro Group LLC, HPD, Services for the Underserved, Chase and Enterprise in creating this new affordable housing development that will feature 21 public housing units,” said NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea. “Housing, at the end of the day, is to support families, and with the support of our partners, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and HUD, we will be able to support nearly 50 families.”
The 49-unit low-income development will have 21 units set aside for people on the NYCHA waiting list, one unit set aside for an on-site superintendent and 27 units available for families and individuals earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Medium Income (AMI) or $49,080 for a family of four. Ten units will have a preference for people with special needs and veterans who require supportive services. Services for the UnderServed will provide these supportive services, which include counseling and employment guidance, among others.
The development will also be energy-efficient, incorporating the latest green technologies, including ample roof insulation, fiberglass windows, 90 percent efficient condensing boilers, rooftop solar thermal insulation and insulated tanks to store pre-heated water, among others.To apply for these units, prospective tenants must submit an application to the housing lottery. Leasing is scheduled to begin in March 2013. Applications will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Qualified applicants will be required to meet income guidelines and additional selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this and other affordable housing developments, please visit the “Apartment Seekers” section of the HPD web site: www.nyc.gov/hpd By Zodet Negrón
May 4, 2012