The O’Hanlon


Completed July 2015
New Construction, Affordable, Supportive
Community League of the Heights
Delight Construction
44 apartments, social services
$12 million
Urban Quotient


The Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) is a multi-service, community development organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the economically disadvantaged residents of Washington Heights. CLOTH’s holistic approach to community development provides a comprehensive framework of social and neighborhood services to stabilize and strengthen family life. Throughout its long history, CLOTH has worked to find solutions to the problems of poverty and disinvestment that confront the neighborhood, with a particular focus on affordable housing, after-school and educational programming, nutrition and community health.

Scope of Work

Alembic Community Development worked over the course of five year with CLOTH to develop the O’Hanlon Apartments, named in honor of Timothy O’Hanlon, a long-time advocate of supportive housing in New York City. Alembic and CLOTH assembled the development site, acquiring a privately-owned, dilapidated building adjacent to a vacant lot donated to CLOTH by Columbia University. Alembic took the lead in many aspects of the development, including: preparation and submission of applications for financing to government agencies and foundations; completion of development and operating proformas; coordination of all predevelopment work including: environmental assessments; schematic design and construction document development; identification and selection of members of the development team; and project management.

Located at 2142 Amsterdam Avenue in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, The O’Hanlon is affordable to very low- and low-income households. The building includes 26 studio apartments for eligible participants in the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s NY/NY III Program, 17 studio apartments for low-income community residents and one onsite resident manager’s apartment. Services for the Underserved, an experienced service organization and a partnere with Alembic on other supportive housing projects, provides onsite social services for the building’s residents. Total development costs of $11.9 million included Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Federal Home dollars. Funding partners included the City of New York, Richman Housing Resources and HUD. Urban Quotient designed the building.


  • The creation of 44 units of supportive housing for low-income community residents and formerly homeless individuals.
  • The enhanced capacity of CLOTH staff through the delivery of technical assistance and training.
  • The improvement of the neighborhood of Washington Heights by developing affordable housing on a site previously occupied by vacant lot and formerly blighted building.