Earlier this week, Curbed reported that one of the first affordable housing developments financed under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s housing plan will kick off its lottery today. The former school building at 525 West 145th Street in Hamilton Heights has been rehabbed into apartments and a community space and now goes by the name The Residences at PS 186.
The project will bring 78 sure-to-be-sought-after affordable apartments to low- and middle-income households earning between $18,729 and $142,400 per year. In all, there will be 19 studio units, 47 one-bedrooms, and 12 two-bedrooms available for various income ranges and household sizes. The cheapest units will be two studio apartments priced at $508 per month, available for single-person households earning between $18,789 -$24,200. Half of the units will be set aside for local residents and five percent for city employees.
The building is situated on the northern side of West 145th Street, between Amsterdam and Broadway. Not long ago, passersby learned to be cautious when approaching the steps that crept out midblock — not because of people coming and going from the elevated courtyard, but because of the overgrown branches that proved a hazard.
The imposing structure was built in 1901 and designed in the Italian Renaissance style per the vision of architect C.B.J. Snyder, the city’s Superintendent of School Buildings. The building functioned as a school for seven decades until 1975, and then slid into disrepair during the following four.
In 1986, the Boys and Girls Club picked the building for $215,000 with unrealized plans to raze the structure and build a new facility for their organization. Fast forward nearly 30 years later, and the building is being transformed into 78 homes for working-class families and a Boys and Girls Club that will serve more than 2,000 youngsters within the Washington and Hamilton Heights communities. Alembic Community Development and Monadnock Development are spearheading the $48 million rehabilitation with Dattner Architects tapped as the designers.
The exterior will be completely restored, including bringing back the crowning cornices. Historically correct windows are being installed and some of the building’s original ornamental stairs and classroom walls and wood will remain.
Units will feature 14-foot ceiling heights and will be crafted to modern standards. According to the lottery advertisement, amenities will include a live-in super, video intercom system, laundry room, elevators, community room, and a bike room.
The deadline for submitting applications online is April 8th and move-ins are expected to begin this summer. Those who qualify can apply here.
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Renderings via Dattner Architects; Construction shots by 6sqft
Neighborhoods : Hamilton Heights