COOKFOX’s Massive Affordable Housing Development Pushes Forward in the Bronx
Last month, 6sqft reported on the COOKFOX-designed development Park House, the first phase of a two-building affordable and supportive housing complex in the Tremont neighborhood of the Bronx. Since then, the 12-story building has topped off and foundation work is quickly moving along for its adjacent fraternal building dubbed the Webster Residence. The development is being pushed forward by Breaking Ground, a non-profit committed to ending homelessness. This development will be the organization’s first venture in the South Bronx.
According to COOKFOX, the gorgeous masonry exterior of Park House conveys a sense of permanence and allows a highly efficient exterior envelope.
The recently topped off Park House at 4275 Park Avenue between East 178th Street and Alden Place will house 248 families, and layouts will range from studios to three-bedrooms. The L-shaped building is located alongside the Metro-North’s Harlem Line and has a robust red-brick facade with projecting brick courses and red mortar joints. It will provide common areas on the ground floor, including a community room and laundry room, and will also have a landscaped courtyard connecting to its companion eight-story building, Webster Supportive Housing Residence. That building, currently wrapping up its foundation, will house 171 units of supportive housing with on-site social service.
Other special features of the complex are a comprehensive security system, bike storage, on-site parking and green areas on the roof. The hope is that this formerly industrial site will transform into healthy and sustainable housing that builds positive change and prevents homelessness. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.
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