Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) celebrated the groundbreaking of Soundview Family Housing, the first phase of a multi-building development that will meet demand for affordable housing in the Soundview neighborhood of the South Bronx.
The development is part of an initiative by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the city to turn underutilized real estate into affordable housing.
The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) partnered with L+M Development Partners and Lemle & Wolff to develop the project, with a subsidy from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD).
“With the development of Soundview Family Housing, we are taking an important step in not only providing Bronx families with quality, stable housing, but also employing underutilized NYCHA resources to meet the City’s growing need for affordable housing,” said Rafael E. Cestero, president and CEO of CPC Resources, Inc. and The Community Preservation Corporation.
“Sound housing is the first step in stabilizing low-income families and creating a community, and CPC Resources is committed to bringing high-quality housing to those in need.”
The 120-unit family building, 86-unit senior building, and 16 two-family townhouses will replace two parking lots adjacent to Soundview Park, one of the largest parks in the Bronx.
The new mid- and low-rise buildings will transition between the NYCHA Soundview Houses towers and the low-rise homes in the surrounding area.
As part of the development, Bronx River Avenue will be completed. This road, which eases connectivity and accessibility in the community, had been mapped but was never built.
Christine Hunter, MAP principal, AIA, LEED AP. “We are pleased to help the development team respond to the demand for affordable family housing in the Soundview neighborhood. MAP is also committed to designing quality housing for senior citizens in New York City, which is critical to the city’s health as its population ages.”