On May 10th, 2013 Providence House, Inc., Alembic Community Development and their partners celebrated the grand opening of The D’Addario Residence, a $12.6 million development providing permanent service-enriched affordable housing for formerly incarcerated individuals and their families and low-income community residents.
Providence House and Alembic Community Development developed The D’Addario Residence with financing from HPD, Capital One and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. The 46-unit development includes supportive housing for women coming out of the criminal justice system, 2,845 square feet of outdoor recreation space, and 1,200 square feet of community space featuring a meeting room, exercise room and a learning center. Providence House will provide on-site case management and life services to each resident as well as referrals to a spectrum of services in the community to include employment and training programs, health and mental health services, and childcare/after school programs. Providence House will connect tenants to recreational activities both inside and outside the building.
The completion of the D’Addario Residence represents the fruition of over seven years of hard work by Providence House and Alembic. Initial opposition from some neighborhood residents substantially delayed the City’s conveyance of the vacant, City-owned project site to Alembic and Providence House, and one abutting property owner’s refusal to permit underpinning work interfered with excavation at the beginning of construction. Mega Contracting, the project’s general contractor, expedited the subsequent construction, resulting in an elegant, well-constructed building delivered on time and within budget. The D’Addario Residence was designed by architect Alphonse Diaz who had the foresight to address revised ADA requirements at the first opportunity and pro-actively oversaw the re-design of the bathrooms for each apartment. The residence is named after Janet and Jim D’Addario, long-time supporters of Providence House.