New affordable Bronx development will feature a rooftop aquaponics greenhouse

Posted On Wed, November 15, 2017 By

Posted On Wed, November 15, 2017 By In affordable housing, Architecture, Bronx, Green Design

Rendering of the Bedford Green House courtesy of Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects LLP and Hollister Construction Services

The construction of a 13-story supportive housing development in the Bedford Park neighborhood of the Bronx will begin Thursday when federal, state and city officials join nonprofit Project Renewal in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site. Located at 2880 Jerome Avenue, the Bedford Green House will feature 118 units of affordable housing for families, seniors, and singles. To connect its residents to nature, the building will be covered in carbon sequestering plants and have an operational rooftop greenhouse where residents will be able to raise fresh fish and produce, partake in healthy cooking demos, and enjoy a community playground.

bedford green house, nycha, affordable housingRendering of the Bedford Green House courtesy of Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects LLP and Hollister Construction Services

Designed by Edelman Sultan Knox Wood, with Hollister managing construction, the 83,000-square-foot building will pursue LEED Gold certification. Half of the greenhouse space will utilize aquaponics, with the other half focused on growing crops like kale, spinach, and arugula. In addition to the agricultural aspect, residents will have access to a workforce development office, laundry room, community area, warming pantry, and a playground. Plus, the building will feature custom artwork from locals.

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