This multi-building, mixed-income and mixed-use community, with supportive housing creates 160 new homes with easy access to shared courtyards and amenities. Designed in partnership with the neighborhood, the project will transform a set of currently vacant and underutilized properties into a vibrant, pedestrian-focused main street location that recalls the rich urban heritage that once thrived here.
The site stretches an entire city block along Western Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets. The design is generative of three key organizational drivers: an active retail-focused frontage at Western Avenue; a collection of residential stoops that act as a transition to the single-family neighborhood that boarders to the north; and the alley which is reimagined as a “paseo” enabling through block connection and a center for community gathering.
This development and its design serve as a catalyst to invite commercial investment in the area as acquisition of neighboring parcels take hold and encourage new local and legacy business to thrive.