During the second half of the 1990’s, three projects were begun that would become the first three new buildings under the Melrose Commons URA plan. These three projects represented many of the initial principles for the redevelopment of Melrose Commons – Mixed-Income, Mixed-Use development with the density and design goals envisioned for the neighborhood.
These projects were:
Plaza de los Angeles – a townhouse development of 35 townhomes, each consisting of an owner’s duplex with two rental units that help subdivide the carrying charges, making the home affordable to median income families. This development was financed through the New York City Housing Partnership Program.
La Puerta de Vitalidad – a new 60 apartment unit mid-rise building with rental on the ground level along Third Avenue. The building was financed through a combined New York State and New York City program to create permanent housing for families coming out of the homeless shelter program.
La Casa de Felicidad – this 80 apartment unit senior housing project was financed through HUD’s 202 program. Corner day rooms on each floor at the elevator lobby provide a social gathering place for the residents.