ALEMBIC NEWS

Betances Houses

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) announced the selection of a development team to create a 101-unit building for low-income families on an under-utilized parcel of NYCHA-owned land at the Betances Houses, at 146th Street and Willis Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx.

The team includes Alembic and two partners: Lemle & Wolff Development Company, an established real estate management and development firm in New York City, and The Bridge, a nonprofit housing and service organization.

The site is part of NYCHA’s NextGeneration program, designed to provide affordable housing opportunities for low-income New Yorkers.  Alembic and our partners expect to break ground on this development in late 2018.

The project features a mix of unit sizes, including 27 studio, 36 one-bedroom, 24 two-bedroom and 13 three-bedroom units, as well as one superintendent’s apartment. Thirty percent of the units are set aside for veterans and individuals with histories of chronic homelessness.

The Bridge will offer on-site case management and social service referrals and assistance. Two strong local health care providers, InVite Health and Intra Care, a are creating a new health care hub on the ground floor of the building.

The project architect, Think! Architecture and Design, is an award-winning design firm with substantial experience with supportive and affordable housing projects, as well as expertise incorporating green design features and elements into its buildings. The Betances building includes a green rooftop and solar hot water panels. It employs a series of set backs to minimize the mass of the 15-story structure and to incorporate it into the existing scale and character of the neighborhood.