Work has gotten underway on transforming a former Bronx brownfield into a new affordable housing development.
New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) joined Acacia Network, The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) and partners to celebrate the start of construction on the $17.4 million West Tremont Senior Residences, at 92 West Tremont Ave in the Bronx.
The new building, which is being constructed on land provided by the City, will provide affordable housing for 60 low- and very low-income senior citizen households.
The project is being developed on formerly City-owned land that served as a dry cleaning operation from 1948 through at least 1979.
In order to ensure the safety of the soil at the site, it will be remediated under the guidance of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation within the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program.
“The NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program is cleaning up blighted properties in disadvantaged neighborhoods and solving environmental problems that would have stopped development in the past,” said Daniel Walsh, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation.
“We are cleaning up these properties, making our communities safer, and enabling new development that is bringing affordable housing and new jobs to the people who need them most.