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Bronx supportive housing tower tops out

Development partners Housing and Services Inc. (HSI) and Robert Sanborn Development recently topped off The Bedford, located at 211 East 203rd Street in the Bronx. 

Designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) and built by Procida, this 108-unit building will offer a mix of supportive, AIRS and affordable family housing with 68 studios, 21 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom apartments. 

The newly constructed building will be home to 66 homeless individuals and 41 low- to moderate-income households, including community referrals. 

This state-of-the-art housing for special needs and community tenants would not be possible without the generosity of public and private funders, including NYC Department of Housing and Community Development (HPD), the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Hudson Housing Capital, Sterling Bank, HSBC Bank and Bank of the West.

Located just off the NE corner of 203rd Street and the Grand Concourse, the 13-story, approximately 90,000 s/ft structure will include close to 72,000 s/ft of senior housing (AIRS), as well as affordable and supportive housing for families, those that are formerly homeless and veterans.

Resident amenities include a community room, learning center with computers, a library, laundry room and bike room. There will be 24-7 front desk security and a live-in superintendent. 

A landscaped rear yard and landscaped roof terrace provide two large outdoor areas for the multi-generational and mixed population of residents to enjoy together. 

As an AIRS building with additional communal space requirements, each floor has a lounge area which will be part of an expanded elevator lobby. These spaces, full of natural light will offer views and a serene spot to sit. The large window walls in this vertical line of lounges combined with those in the apartments increases exposure to daylight throughout the building. The expansive glazing helps provide attractive common areas in an effort to promote socialization and improve the mental health of the residents.

The development also includes office space for HSI’s highly credentialed social services staff, who will offer on-site support services to all Bedford tenants.

“We are happy to be members of the Bedford Park community,” said James Dill, Executive Director of Housing and Services, Inc. (HSI). “And we look forward to welcoming our neighbors to participate in our community offerings.”

The health of residents is a vital component of this transit-oriented project which is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Sustainability measures include a photovoltaic array, ultra-high-efficiency, all-electric, HVAC systems, high-efficiency domestic hot-water system, Energy Recovery Units for ventilation systems, high-efficiency UPVC windows, LED lighting (with occupancy sensors in common areas), Energy-Star appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures, monitoring of water usage, and Building Management System for HVAC, lighting, hot-domestic water systems and water heaters and two non-accessible green roofs.

Robert Sanborn, Principal of Robert Sanborn Development noted, “With a focus on sustainability, health and serving those most in need, we believe this building will be a standout example of what supportive housing can and should be.”

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