2010 - Present

Press | September 1, 2018

Has LEED lost its luster?

Announcement | July 16, 2018

Zero Waste Challenge NYC

Press | May 9, 2018

NextCity

Announcement | January 4, 2017

MAP Promotes Two to Associate

Press | November 23, 2016

Sunset Park Library

Service | November 21, 2016

Cooper Square Thanksgiving Food Drive

Press | November 10, 2016

New Rochelle Appeals to Millenials

Announcement | October 31, 2016

Girls Build! Architecture Workshop

Announcement | October 19, 2016

Events on Adaptive Reuse and Preservation

Industry News | September 22, 2016

TORONTO – NEW YORK: Design by Example

Event | September 21, 2016

Livonia [L2] Groundbreaking!

Press | September 21, 2016

Getting Older in New York City

Press | July 27, 2016

The Bridge, NYCHPD, NYCHDC, Mayor’s Office on Veteran’s Affairs and Magnusson Architecture and Planning Break Ground on Melrose Commons Supportive Housing

Press Alert: The Bridge, NYCHPD, NYCHDC, Mayor’s Office on Veteran’s Affairs and Magnusson Architecture and Planning Break Ground on Melrose Commons Supportive Housing.

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Industry News | July 20, 2016

2016 Brick in Architecture Awards Winners

Fernando Villa part of jury for the Brick in Architecture awards.

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Press | July 18, 2016

NYC Housing Ventures to Set Out a Welcome Mat for LGBT Seniors

Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC designs affordable housing for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors – the first in the US.

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Announcement | January 25, 2016

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Promotes Two to Senior Associate

Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP and Christopher Jones, AIA have been promoted to Senior Associate.

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Press | January 15, 2016

Progress Continues on Mill at Middletown Project

The Middletown community is stirring with curiosity about the large construction project on the corner of Mill and Harding Streets.

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Press | January 7, 2016

Schoolhouse Terrace Development Open in Yonkers, NY

An old public housing project has been transformed into an ambitious $63 million affordable housing development in Yonkers, NY.

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Press | November 11, 2015

Making Homes and Careers Available to Working Poor

Mill at Middletown promises to revitalize downtown and people’s lives

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Press | September 17, 2015

A Long View of a Perennial Problem

“Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy,” at the Museum of the City of New York

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Press | September 2, 2015

Housing As Health Care

How New York State is transforming the supportive housing landscape

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Announcement | August 19, 2015

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC Promotes Four

In a strategic move to lay the foundation for its future and promote staff members who are integral to the firm, MAP just announced the promotions of three employees.

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Press | August 19, 2015

5 Reasons We Love the Bronx

The Bronx is ripe for the picking and investors and residents are taking advantage of the remaining affordability the borough has to offer.

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Announcement | July 11, 2015

In Memoriam: E. Perry Winston

On Saturday, July 11th 2015, Magnusson Architecture and Planning lost a long time, valued member of the firm

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Press | July 10, 2015

Using Health Care Savings to Construct Supportive Housing in New York

The Creston Avenue Residence is the first supportive housing project to open using MRT capital funds.

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Announcement | July 1, 2015

Creston Avenue Residence has Officially Opened

We are thrilled to announce the completion and opening of a new building that we designed on Creston Avenue in the Fordham section of the Bronx.

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Press | June 24, 2015

Officials Hail Middletown Housing Project in Old Factory

From the perspective of those renovating such buildings, and the government agencies approving loans for them, the expense is worth the lift it gives deteriorating areas, and the safe housing it provides.

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Press | June 24, 2015

New Workforce Housing, Community Space Groundbreaking Held in Middletown

A site that was formerly a three-story factory building is being called an eyesore and has been for decades. But if all goes as planned, it will soon be converted into a workforce housing development.

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Press | June 24, 2015

Factory Transforming into Workforce Housing

The dilapidated, three-story building hasn’t been used in years and is being turned into a 42-unit, affordable housing complex for people enrolled in a workforce training program.

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Press | June 24, 2015

Middletown Mill Gets New Life as Workforce Housing

Mill Street Partners LLC will develop the Mill at Middletown, a 42-unit development that will occupy a restored and renovated main factory building at 34 Mill St. The factory was built in the late 19th century for silk hat manufacturing.

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Press | June 24, 2015

Former Hat Factory to be Converted to Workforce Housing

City and community officials gathered at the site on Wednesday to celebrate the construction of the Mill at Middletown, which will provide one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments at a sliding rent scale.

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Press | May 28, 2015

Home, At Last

“I love it here.” Arnold Smalls was home. The 58-year-old had moved to the Creston Avenue Residence this past December.

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Announcement | March 20, 2015

22 Tarrytown Road Receives LEED for Homes Silver Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council certified 22 Tarrytown Road at the LEED for Homes Silver level.

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Press | March 1, 2015

Raising the Bar for Innovation

Award-winning architecture firm Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) announced that Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP, has been named Principal and Director of Design.

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Press | February 20, 2015

2014 Boston Society of Architects Design Awards

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) named the winners of the 2014 BSA Design Awards.

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Announcement | February 17, 2015

22 Tarrytown Road Workforce Housing Receives the Boston Society of Architect’s Housing Design Award Citation

“With massing articulated in a series of vertical volumes to break up its horizontality, this well-designed project looks great—not at all like affordable housing” – Jury

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Press | February 17, 2015

Permits Filed for Affordable Housing on Grand Street in Williamsburg

A long-in-the-works affordable rental project in Williamsburg is finally moving forward with new building applications filed last week for an eight-story, 51-unit building at 695 Grand Street.

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Press | February 10, 2015

Professional Profile: Fernando Villa

Professional Profile from New York Real Estate Journal.

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Press | February 6, 2015

WHO’S NEWS in Construction & Design

Villa is an expert with two decades of experience in all types of residential projects and a staunch advocate for sustainability, particularly for affordable housing.

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Press | February 5, 2015

People on the Move 2.5.15

Fernando Villa has been named principal and director of design at Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) in New York City.

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Press | January 27, 2015

MAP Named to Project Team of HPD’s Sustainable Phase II of Livonia Avenue

“BRP is excited to work with MAP. We believe the project is a key component to the city’s vision for the revitalization of the Livonia Corridor,” said Mary Serafy of BRP Development Corp.

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Press | January 23, 2015

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Promotes New Principal

As principal, Fernando Villa will continue to apply his skills towards a variety of housing projects which will consist of affordable, market rate, senior and supportive.

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Announcement | January 21, 2015

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Promotes Fernando Villa to Principal

Award-winning architecture firm Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) announced that Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP, has been named Principal and Director of Design.

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Press | January 16, 2015

Revealed: St. Augustine Apartments, 1183 Franklin Avenue, Morrisania

Like all of MAP’s projects, it’s on the nicer side for an affordable housing project.

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Press | January 13, 2015

Community Builders and MAP break ground on 51-unit affordable housing development in Yonkers

Developed by The Community Builders, Inc. and in partnership with the MHACY, and designed by MAP, 188 Warburton Ave. will provide 51 units of affordable housing.

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Announcement | January 9, 2015

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC is part of the project team for HPD’s newly awarded Phase II of the Livonia Avenue Initiative

New York City HPD announced the team of the Phase II of the Livonia Avenue Initiative with Magnusson Architecture and Planning as architect of the project.

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Press | December 22, 2014

Just Another Messy Urban Neighborhood

Remarkable simply for being normal, Melrose Commons flourishes where the Bronx once burned.

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Announcement | December 18, 2014

The Community Builders Break Ground on 188 Warburton Avenue, Phase II of a multiphase urban redevelopment of Cottage Place Gardens in Yonkers, NY

Ground was broken December 15, 2014 on a new, mixed-use, mixed-income multi-family housing development in Yonkers, NY.

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Press | December 15, 2014

Yonkers Mayor Spano and The Community Builders Break Ground at 188 Warburton

“Today’s groundbreaking points to the positive momentum occurring right now in Yonkers as we revitalize our neighborhoods and improve the lives of the residents who live here” – Mayor Spano

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Press | December 15, 2014

51-Unit Project Part of Major State and City Priority to Revitalize Southwest Yonkers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction of 188 Warburton Apartments, a $27 million affordable housing development in Yonkers

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Announcement | December 12, 2014

Cypress Village Homes Receives The Queens Bronx Building Association’s 2014 Building Award for Excellence in Design and Construction

QBBA awarded Cypress Village Homes with its 2014 Building Design award for Excellence in Design and Construction.

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Press | November 25, 2014

Revealed: Park West Apartments at 2026 Westchester Avenue, Castle Hill

Designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, the Park West is among the nicest looking affordable housing projects we’ve come across this year.

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Announcement | October 20, 2014

The Anderson Receives The Supportive Housing Network of New York’s Residence of the Year Award for “Innovation in the Field”

SHNNY awarded The Anderson with its prestigious Residence of the Year Award for Innovation in the Field at the 2014 Network Gala. The project team was recognized for its perseverance and dedication to create an outstanding environment for its tenants.

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Press | October 15, 2014

Aging in Housing

With the former and current city administrations focusing on affordable housing, housing for the elderly is moving into the spotlight.

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Press | September 29, 2014

Revealed: Melrose Commons North Site C, 12-Story Affordable Housing in the Bronx

The Melrose section of the South Bronx was ground zero for abandonment in the in the 1960s through ’80s, and today, it’s perhaps the epicenter of the city’s new affordable housing policy.

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Press | September 16, 2014

Medicaid Savings Help Fund NY Project

Creston Avenue Residence draws a link between housing and health care. It is the first housing project financed under the state’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Housing Capital Program.

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Press | September 11, 2014

Revealed: 2388 Creston Avenue, Fordham

Yet another slice of the Bronx south of Fordham Road has been filled in, as a new affordable housing complex is arriving at 2388 Creston Avenue.

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Press | August 26, 2014

Professional Profile: Jen Stencel

Professional Profile from New York Real Estate Journal.

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Press | August 21, 2014

New Workforce Housing Looks Market-Rate

The new structure replaces a distressed motel that had been used as a homeless shelter. Its design is comparable to market-rate housing, and it beautifies the surrounding neighborhood.

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Press | August 5, 2014

Affordable Housing Project Being Proposed For Grand Street in Williamsburg

It has been reported that a new 51-unit affordable housing project with ground-floor retail will be located 695 Grand Street in Williamsburg.

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Press | July 30, 2014

People In The News: Jen Stencel

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC, in New York has promoted Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP to associate. Stencel brings eight years of professional experience to the design and construction of adaptive reuse, rehabilitation and new buildings.

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Press | July 29, 2014

Professional Profile: Christopher Jones

Professional Profile from New York Real Estate Journal.

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Press | July 28, 2014

Jones and Stencel Promoted to Associates at Magnusson

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) has promoted Christopher Jones, LEED AP BD+C and Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP to associates.

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Press | July 16, 2014

Age of Housing

Are we prepared for old age? The panel for “Designing for a Lifetime” considered the predicament of aging and housing at fundamental levels: community and dignity.

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Press | July 15, 2014

MAP and Assoc. Blind HDFC Break Ground on $38M Building Upgrade

MAP and Associated Blind HDFC broke ground on a $38 million building upgrade at Selis Manor. It is one of the first government-funded residences for the vision-impaired and disabled in the city.

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Press | July 11, 2014

First Development Under N.Y.’s Medicaid Redesign Program Nears Completion

Creston Avenue Residence draws a link between housing and health care. The development is the first housing project financed under the state’s MRT Housing Capital Program.

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Announcement | June 26, 2014

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC is Pleased to Announce Two Promotions

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC is pleased to announce the promotions of Christopher Jones, LEED AP BD+C and Jen Stencel, AIA, LEED AP to Associates.

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Press | June 25, 2014

Touchable Models Used in Project for Blind

Magnusson Architecture and Planning and Associated Blind HDFC broke ground on a $38 million building upgrade at Selis Manor. It is the first government-funded residence for the vision-impaired and disabled in New York City.

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Announcement | June 19, 2014

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC and Fernando Villa receive awards at the 2014 AIA NY Annual Meeting

AIANY awarded its prestigious Andrew J. Thomas Housing Award to Magnusson Architecture and Planning at its 147th Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Center for Architecture.

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Press | June 12, 2014

Chelsea Home for the Blind to Get $38M Upgrade

Officials at Selis Manor broke ground Monday on the improvement project at 135 West 23rd Street, which will add a new entrance, renovate each apartment and overhaul the building’s heating, air conditioning, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

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Press | June 10, 2014

New York’s First-Ever Public Housing for Visually-Impaired Begins Upgrade

Selis Manor is the first government-funded residence for the vision-impaired and disabled in New York City. The repairs and capital improvements are its first-ever building upgrades.

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Announcement | June 2, 2014

Outstanding New York BOAs Recognized at Annual Brownfields Summit

These five leaders were selected because they are carrying out extraordinary economic revitalization initiatives that build on their neighborhood’s character and strengths.

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Announcement | May 22, 2014

SoBRO to Receive 2014 Outstanding BOA Award for Lower Concourse

NPCR will present SoBRO with a “2014 Outstanding BOA Award” for the Lower Concourse BOA. SoBRO, along with their urban design consultant, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, and planning consultant will participate in the awards ceremony.

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Press | May 2, 2014

Beyond 80/20: Alternative Models of Mixed-Income Housing

Mayor de Blasio has called for 200,000 new units of affordable housing in New York, and he’s made it clear that developers can build bigger if they include affordable units in their new projects. Which models of mixed-income housing have been most successful?

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Press | April 16, 2014

New Life for an Old Brownstone

Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) is renovating an 1853 four-story brownstone that has been vacant and boarded up for the past 15 years.

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Press | April 1, 2014

Designing for a Lifetime: In New York and Other US Cities

In the next 30 years, the number of senior citizens in the US will increase to become larger than any other single age group. How are cities starting to prepare for this huge expansion in the numbers of over-65s?

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Press | March 13, 2014

Magnusson Architecture and Planning: Looking Back at the Last 30 Years and Toward the Future

For nearly 30 years, MAP has worked hard to create affordable communities. ArchNewsNow sat down with the senior leadership to talk about the firm.

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Press | February 24, 2014

AIAWHV 2013 Design Awards: A Celebration of Architecture

The Celebration of Architecture Gala was held on November 6, 2013 at the Mary S. Pinkham Hall at Rye County Day School. The winning projects achieved excellence in delightful and inspiring ways, and represented the breadth and vitality of our chapter area

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Press | February 24, 2014

Ruben Diaz Jr. Calls for Redevelopment of South Bronx Waterfront

Imagine walking over to the waterfront, putting down a blanket and watching a movie under the stars, steps from Yankee Stadium. Or moving into a gleaming new tower with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and ready access to the Harlem River.

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Press | February 20, 2014

Building of the Day: 1609-1627 St. Marks Avenue in Ocean Hill

Today’s Buildings of the Day are a part of a development in Ocean Hill called the Vernon Cherry Homes. They are named in honor of Vernon Cherry, a Brooklyn firefighter who died at the Trade Center on 9-11.

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Announcement | February 3, 2014

AIA-NY Looking to Change the Conversation on Housing

As the city shifts its focus to housing in 2014, AIANY is set to lead the conversation. Starting in 2014, the committee is under new leadership: Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, and Peter Bafitis, AIA, have been appointed committee co-chairs.

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Press | December 10, 2013

Build Affordable Communities, Not Just Affordable Housing

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s promise to build 200,000 units of affordable housing would have been welcome in the Bronx twenty years ago. It is immensely gratifying to see a politician who understands the needs of all New Yorkers.

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Press | December 4, 2013

Parking Lot Conversion Underway in South Bronx

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.

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Press | December 1, 2013

They Didn’t Save Parking Lots to Put Up Affordable Housing

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

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Announcement | November 19, 2013

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Repositions Itself With A New Location

MAP has recently relocated to new midtown offices at 42 West 39th Street. This central location is easily accessible both to clients from New York City and those from outside New York.

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Announcement | November 19, 2013

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Repositions Itself With A New Website

The new website highlights the diversity and breadth of MAP’s architecture and planning work.

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Announcement | November 19, 2013

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Repositions Itself With The Next Generation of Leadership

Fernando Villa was promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal, and Christoph Stump was promoted from Associate to Senior Associate.

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Press | October 30, 2013

New Mayor Needs Answers to NYC Housing Conundrum

With Bill de Blasio, polling more than 40 points ahead of his nearest rival in next week’s election, it seems likely that the next mayor will be someone who has made the creation of housing for low- and middle-income residents a central point in his campaign.

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Press | October 1, 2013

MAP’s Westhab Housing Project on Track to Receive LEED Silver

The new structure replaces a distressed motel that had been used as a homeless shelter. Its design is comparable to market-rate housing, and it beautifies the surrounding neighborhood.

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Press | September 24, 2013

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Breaks Ground on 172,000 SF, $63 Million Development with The Community Builders, Inc.

As the first phase of a multi-phase master plan to redevelop the adjacent Cottage Gardens Public Housing site, Schoolhouse Terrace will replace outdated public housing in the city.

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Announcement | September 16, 2013

New Workforce Housing Looks Market-Rate, Raises the Bar for Quality Design

MAP announces the official opening of its latest workforce housing project, 22 Tarrytown Road. Its design is comparable to market-rate housing, and it beautifies the surrounding neighborhood.

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Press | August 23, 2013

ULX: Ten Brownfields Sprout New Life

The redevelopment of brownfields offer the potential to stitch abandoned or underused industrial and commercial properties back into the fabric of a city and help curb suburban sprawl.

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Press | August 13, 2013

City Fields 4 Teams to Rebuild Sandy-torn Homes

For the hundreds of homeowners in the five boroughs who are still without a home after Superstorm Sandy, the Bloomberg administration has just assembled a crack team to help design and build them new ones.

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Press | May 9, 2013

Developer Plans Apartments in Former Middletown Mill

Plans call for the boarded-up, red brick building at the corner of Mill and Harding Streets to become 42 apartments, helping families in an area where affordable housing can be tough to find.

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Press | April 1, 2013

Serving Medicaid Recipients

The $25 million Creston Avenue Residence is the first project in New York City to utilize funding through the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) supportive housing initiative.

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Announcement | March 13, 2013

Ribbon-Cutting for New Community Health Center in the Bronx

The new headquarters are housed in a four-story commercial building originally constructed in the 1970’s, which was purchased by Children’s Aid Society and has undergone both interior and exterior renovations.

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Press | March 12, 2013

Children’s Aid Society Opens New Center in Bronx to Serve Medical, Dental and Mental Health Needs of 4,000 Youth

The Children’s Aid Society will unveil its new Bronx headquarters – a state of the art community health center. The facility will address children’s medical, dental and psychological needs.

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Press | February 13, 2013

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Breaks Ground on Creston Avenue Residence

Creston Avenue Residence will provide 66 units of affordable family and supportive housing for disabled veterans.

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Press | January 29, 2013

LEED for Neighborhood Development and the 2013 CNU Charter Awards

The LEED ND rating system encourages new urbanist principles in project planning, design, and construction. An example is Melrose Commons, an award-winning LEED ND pilot project.

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Press | November 2, 2012

Suburban NY Affordable Apartments Completed

Spring Valley Family Apartments, a mixed-use development featuring 55 units of affordable housing and 6,500SF of ground floor commercial space in downtown Spring Valley, has been completed.

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Press | November 2, 2012

Staten Island Apartment Building Weathers Storm

Of all New York’s borough’s Staten Island was hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, but even there some fared relatively well. The Rail in the North Shore section of the borough fared better than most.

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Press | October 14, 2012

Ramapo Gets a Revamp

Thomas McGrath, a CPC senior vice president, says the goal is to have people living on Main Street again and shopping locally at stores they use every day “We think Main Street can still be a part of communities, to make them livable again.”

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Announcement | September 1, 2012

SMPS-NY Member of the Month, September 2012

As SMPS-NY’s first Member of the Month, Sarah Galus was chosen for her leadership abilities not only in her role as Marketing Manager at Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC, but her involvement in SMPS.

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Press | June 26, 2012

Magnusson-Designed El Jardin de Selene Receives LEED-Gold; Developed by Melrose Assoc., Nos Queadamos and MJM Const.

Located in the Stage II Silver LEED-ND certified Melrose Commons, it is one of the first affordable housing developments on privately acquired land to receive LEED-Gold Certification.

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Announcement | April 25, 2012

El Jardin de Selene Receives LEED-Gold Certification

Located in the Stage II Silver certified LEED for Neighborhood Development Melrose Commons section of the South Bronx, El Jardin de Selene is the first affordable housing development on privately acquired land to receive LEED-Gold Certification.

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Press | March 7, 2012

12th Annual Charter Awards Honor Diverse Set of Projects Highlighting Best New Urbanist Practices

CNU’s Charter Awards recognize excellence in architectural, landscape, and urban designs. Awardees are selected for their excellence in fulfilling the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism.

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Announcement | March 3, 2012

CNU 2012 Charter Award Honorable Mention: Melrose Commons LEED for Neighborhood Development

This neighborhood revitalization plan and the on-going implementation of sustainable infill development recently earned Stage II LEED-ND Silver certification under the LEED ND Pilot Program.

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Press | February 23, 2012

A Shift from Nursing Homes to Managed Care at Home

In the newer model, a team of doctors, social workers, physical and occupational therapists and other specialists provides managed care for individual patients at home, at adult day-care centers and in visits to specialists.

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Press | October 24, 2011

Columbia University to Build Affordable Housing Complex for Displaced Residents

The University recently announced its plans to begin construction at the end of this year on a 12-story affordable housing building for residents displaced by the Manhattanville expansion.

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Press | October 13, 2011

Court Vision

With opening of Nets’ new arena actually on horizon, Brooklyn residents brace themselves for whatever happens next.

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Press | October 6, 2011

Room for One and Occasionally More

The newly built Atlantic Terrace, a 10-story co-op also on South Oxford Street, had both affordable and market-rate units. Mr. Singh liked a two-bedroom two-bath with around 1,070 square feet of space.

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Announcement | August 21, 2011

Public Housing Re-Skinned

We propose a second chance to existing public housing buildings by means of changing their look and making them more efficient and functional.

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Press | August 5, 2011

In Brooklyn, Blurring the Wealth Boundary

When the developers of Atlantic Terrace, an 80-unit co-op in Fort Greene, began planning, they envisioned occupants reflecting the populace on the sidewalks of Brooklyn — that is, diverse in all ways, but especially economically.

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Press | August 5, 2011

Fort Greene Condo Developed with Affordable Units in Mind

While many developers utilizing condominium deliver the bare minimum number of affordable units required by law, the partnership of developers behind Atlantic Terrace in Fort Greene took the opposite route.

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Press | July 29, 2011

Atlantic Terrace

Directly across the street from the Barclays Center, Atlantic Terrace has sold 9 of 20 market-rate apartments with move-ins already started.

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Press | July 27, 2011

Co-op Heaven – Mad for Mixed-Income

There’s a perception that market-rate buyers in NYC are hesitant to buy in mixed-income developments. But the 75% affordable, 25% market-rate Atlantic Terrace at 212 South Oxford in Brooklyn is proving the perception wrong.

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Press | July 26, 2011

CA Rich Honored with Awards for Two Environmental Projects in New York City

CA Rich is very proud of the contributions we’ve made in these two formerly environmentally impacted sites.

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Press | July 12, 2011

Former NYC Brownfield Now Site of Affordable Housing

L+M Development Partners, along with partners Melrose Associates and Nos Quedamos, have been awarded the Big Apple Brownfield Affordable Housing Award for the La Terraza development.

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Press | June 1, 2011

Brooklyn’s New People Pleaser Gets Gold Star

The newest co-op building on the block, The Atlantic Terrace, is the neighborhood’s first LEED Gold-certified green development, which is bringing not only environmentally conscious, but affordable living space to Brooklyn.

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Press | May 23, 2011

SMPS Honors Development Team of Sustainable Housing

The tri-venture was recognized for its role in rebuilding the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area in the South Bronx, and turning a previously blighted neighborhood into a sustainable, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use, mixed-income development.

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Press | May 23, 2011

Project Puts Brooklyn First

Profit is the lodestar of most building design in New York City. So it is the rare and refreshing development that is driven by something other than revenue maximization.

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Press | May 18, 2011

Units 75% Sold at New Fort Greene LEED-Gold, Mixed-Income Co-op

Move-ins have begun at Atlantic Terrace, Brooklyn’s first LEED-Gold certified residential co-op, and the building is nearly 75 percent sold in just six months, according to the development team.

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Press | April 12, 2011

CPC and RHAC Celebrate Completion of Murphy Manor Apartments

CPC and the RHAC celebrated the completion of Murphy Manor Apartments, an affordable housing property consisting of 25 two-bedroom units and one s/f studio apartment.

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Press | March 25, 2011

CPC and Rockland Housing Action Coalition Join With Officials to Celebrate Completion of Murphy Manor Apartments in Haverstraw

CPC, RHAC and invited guests celebrate the completion of Murphy Manor Apartments, the first quality-built affordable housing for families in Haverstraw.

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Press | March 9, 2011

Affordable Housing Continues to Rise in Spring Valley

The recent ground breaking on a new, mixed-use, multi-family housing development, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), marked the start of the second phase of the downtown revitalization plan for Spring Valley, NY.

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Press | March 7, 2011

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Breaks Ground on Spring Valley Affordable Housing Development

“We have always believed that a well-designed built environment is essential to the life of a sustainable community. We believe that the Family Apartments embody all of those beliefs.”

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Press | November 23, 2010

Magnusson Architecture to Serve as Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistance Provider

Enterprise Community Partners Inc. has chosen Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC to serve as an Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistance Provider.

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Press | October 15, 2010

Brooklyn’s Finest: From Brown to Green to Gold

Brownfields have been defined as “property that has remained idle, abandoned or underutilized because of contamination or the threat of contamination.” That definition certainly applies to the Atlantic Terrance property prior to its redevelopment.

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Press | October 12, 2010

MAP Designs 264-Seat New LIFE Secondary School in South Bronx

Designed by award-winning Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC, this new high school for students with emotional, behavioral and academic disabilities is the first facility of its kind in the Bronx.

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Press | October 1, 2010

Developers Ink Big Bronx Housing Deal

Briarwood Organization, CPC Resources and The Bridge were tapped by the city to develop a $90 million affordable housing project on portion of 5.5 acres in the South Bronx.

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Press | June 8, 2010

Paden of CPC Provides $3.87 Million Construction Loan for 25-Unit Apartment Building

Continuing its partnership with the RHAC, CPC will provide a $3.87 million construction loan to create the first quality-built affordable housing for families.

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Press | June 8, 2010

MAP Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for 12-story El Jardin de Selene – LEED-Gold Development

The event celebrated the opening of the 12-story affordable housing development designed by award-winning Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC (MAP).

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Press | March 16, 2010

First New York Nabe Gets LEED Certification

Melrose Commons, a once-dilapidated South Bronx neighborhood that underwent a massive redevelopment as a 35-block urban renewal zone, has been awarded LEED Stage II Silver Certification for Neighborhood Development by the USGBC.

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Announcement | March 4, 2010

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC Launches MAP Green

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC has recently launched MAP Green, a division specializing in green consulting services for building design, green retrofit/rehabilitation, and sustainable neighborhood planning.

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Press | January 12, 2010

The Briarwood Org., CPC and The Bridge to Complete 260-Unit Project

CPC Resources, The Briarwood Org., and The Bridge were chosen to develop a 260-unit affordable housing development in the South Bronx that is designed for LEED Silver certification.

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Press | January 4, 2010

A Bite Out of the Big Apple

Magnusson Architecture and Planning has been selected to design a site located in the northern portion of the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area of the Bronx as part of a sustainable housing project.

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Announcement | April 10, 2009

Condos Selling Well in the South Bronx

While the luxury residential market remains depressed, The Aurora, an 8-story, 91-unit, condominium building in the Bronx is a success story.

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2000 - 2009

Announcement | November 19, 2009

HPD Announces Development Team to Build 770 Units of New Mixed-Use Affordable Housing at Three Sites in South Bronx

It was announced today the selection of the developers who will construct mixed-use affordable housing on the last large city-owned tracts of land in Melrose Commons North URA.

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Press | July 7, 2009

Brownsville Affordable Housing Complex Opens

Magnusson Architecture and Planning designed the complex, which is comprised of 20 four-story townhouse-style buildings and about 2,900 square feet of commercial and retail space.

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Announcement | July 7, 2009

Officials Celebrate Prospect Plaza Ribbon Cutting

Priscilla Almodovar, President and Chief Executive Officer of NYS HFA, said, “Prospect Plaza Apartments brings 151 new apartments to Ocean-Hill/Brownsville, a neighborhood where new, safe and affordable homes are urgently needed.”

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Announcement | June 9, 2009

MAP Receives MAS Masterwork Awards Honorable Mention for Melrose Commons Work

From an area dominated by abandonment and trash strewn lots, Melrose Commons has emerged anew as a desirable urban residential community.

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Announcement | May 4, 2009

El Jardin De Selene Tops Off 40 Days Ahead of Schedule

The event celebrated the topping out of the 12-story affordable housing development designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning. Further cause to celebrate is the fact that El Jardin de Selene is a full forty days ahead of schedule in spite of the economic downturn.

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Announcement | April 10, 2009

Condos Selling Well in the South Bronx

While the luxury residential market remains depressed, The Aurora, an 8-story, 91-unit, condominium building in the Bronx is a success story.

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Press | March 3, 2009

Building Block of a Good Education

The Bronx Early Learning Center is a 22 classroom preschool for both typically developmental and learning delayed children. This project consolidates the operations of two existing Bronx preschools into a new state-of-the-art early learning facility.

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Press | December 30, 2008

Magnusson Architecture and Planning Designs the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area

The Melrose Commons URA is among the first neighborhoods to apply for certification as “sustainable,” through the USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot Program.

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Press | November 14, 2008

Investing in a Neighborhood

In the last 25 years, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation has created 259 units of affordable housing in impoverished sections of eastern Brooklyn, including the neighborhood of Cypress Hills, from which it took its name.

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Announcement | October 15, 2008

Melrose Commons Takes the LEED in Green Urban Design

The South Bronx community of Melrose Commons has been honored for its pioneering role in the sustainable design and redevelopment of urban neighborhoods.

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Press | September 3, 2008

Blooming in the Bronx

If all goes according to plans by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, there will be a new affordable, environmentally–considerate residence in the neighborhood in the not-too-distant future.

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Announcement | August 1, 2008

Crow Island School Citation – The Bronx Early Learning Center

“Outstanding example of an adaptive reuse. Clean, sharp and full of playfulness. An urban oasis!” -2008 jury

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Press | June 3, 2008

Nos Quedamos, MJM Construction and Melrose Associates Break Ground on Sustainable El Jardin de Selene Project

Ground was broken on a sustainable affordable housing project in Melrose Commons. It will be one of the first of its kind in the neighborhood.

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Press | April 27, 2008

A Catalyst for a Faded Village

The new construction sites represent one of the first efforts in more than five decades to pump vitality into a once-flourishing section of this Rockland County village just north of the New Jersey border.

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Press | February 27, 2008

The Sutton Snags Honors

The Queens & Bronx Building Association recognized the Sutton, an 11-story, mixed-use, affordable cooperative building with a 2007 Building Award for Excellence in Design and Construction.

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Announcement | November 26, 2007

Christine M. Hunter Promoted to Principal at Magnusson Architecture and Planning

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) has announced the promotion of Christine M. Hunter AIA to the position of Principal.

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Press | November 7, 2007

Breaking Ground for Green Affordable Atlantic Terrace

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (at center with shovel) joins others to break ground for Atlantic Terrace, a mixed-use and affordable housing development on Atlantic Avenue at South Oxford Street.

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Announcement | October 17, 2007

Boston Road Apartments, Changing People’s View of Affordable Housing That Supports Families

Located on an original section of the Old Boston Post Road that has run between Lower Manhattan and Boston since the mid-1600’s, Boston Road Apartments have opened for residency.

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Press | October 2, 2007

Stapleton Co-op Plan Seen as Key to Rebirth

The City Planning Commission certified as complete Stapleton Court, an affordable development on what is now a little-used municipal parking lot in a waterfront neighborhood that has been waiting for a catalyst for revitalization.

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Announcement | September 11, 2007

Parkview Commons III Creates Home Ownership Opportunities

Parkview Commons, a new mixed-use affordable housing complex in the south Bronx, is nearing completion of its third and final phase.

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Press | May 1, 2007

The Rebirth of a State Capital

“Trenton Town Center can serve as guidance for both cities and developers nationwide when it comes to successfully implementing high-performance green building features within their projects.” -Dan Winters

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Announcement | April 4, 2007

Magnusson Architecture Breaking Ground at 500 East 165th Street

A challenging site provided award winning firm, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP), with a unique opportunity to design a future neighborhood landmark.

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Press | April 1, 2007

New Green Mixed-Use Complex Planned for Trenton

Design work and financial planning continue on a new energy-efficient, mixed-use complex in Trenton, NJ, that is expected to revitalize a major corner in the state capital’s downtown

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Press | February 5, 2007

Magnusson Architecture Breaks Template of Traditional HUD Design

Designed under HUD’s Section 202 program, La Casa de Felicidad is an 85-unit housing complex where MAP strived to create a hospitable environment for low-income seniors.

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Press | February 1, 2007

Housing the Workforce

Affordability alone is not enough: many of the most successful projects also include community centers, daycare centers, job training services, and easy access to public transit to provide working families with crucial support.

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Press | January 7, 2007

Bronx Seniors to Bask in the Sun at Melrose Commons

The innovative placement of resident day rooms on each floor was inspired by neighborhood elders who often sat on lawn chairs in front of their apartment buildings in pleasant weather.

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Announcement | September 13, 2006

City of New York and American Institute of Architects choose Five Design-Development Team Finalists for First Juried Competition for Sustainable and Affordable Housing

Mixed-Income, Mixed-Use Development in South Bronx to include Innovative Green Design

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Press | June 29, 2006

Condo Culture Hits South Bronx

Affordable Housing is going upscale in the South Bronx – where excavation is under way for the area’s first elevatored condo building.

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Press | May 17, 2006

MAP Receives Third Award for Rheingold Gardens Work

Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has received a third award for its creative and innovative work at Rheingold Gardens, at the former Rheingold brewery site in Bushwick.

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Announcement | April 10, 2006

First Elevator Condominium Project in the Bronx Set to Break Ground This Month

The first elevator condominium to be built in the South Bronx will break ground April 30th, says Magnus Magnusson of Magnusson Architecture and Planning, whose firm designed the development.

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Announcement | April 1, 2006

Mixed-Use Coop Wins Queens & Bronx Building Association Award

The Queens & Bronx Building Association recognized the Sutton, an 11-story, mixed-use, affordable cooperative building with its 2007 Building Award for Excellence in Design and Construction.

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Press | March 15, 2006

Flexible Team Helping to Bend and Shape New York City

For the three principals of Magnusson Architecture and Planning, the construction and design business has always been more than just a way to make a living – it has been an outlet for their desire to make a difference in the world.

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Press | January 16, 2006

NYC Straddles Affordable Housing with Inclusionary Housing

The city government of New York has endorsed inclusionary zoning housing developments, providing incentives such as tax subsidies to market-rate developers that building the mixed-income projects.

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Press | January 2, 2006

Is That A Condo?

Perhaps the highest compliment you can pay an affordable housing developer or architect is to mistake their work for a market-rate multifamily property.

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Press | January 1, 2006

Palacio del Sol Opens in the Bronx

Palacio del Sol, a 124-unit mixed-use apartment building representing the cutting edge in affordable housing, has opened in the Bronx’s Melrose Commons urban renewal area.

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Press | December 13, 2005

MAP Designs 124-Unit Palacio del Sol on Melrose Avenue

Palacio del Sol, or “Palace of the Sun,” is a departure in affordable housing design. Its architecture transcends the visual expectations that have limited traditional affordable housing design.

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Press | December 5, 2005

Magnusson Architecture and Planning: The Sutton Mixed-Income Co-op, Harlem

Ground was broken recently for The Sutton, a 135-unit mixed-income Harlem residential project that is the first of three new buildings in the City’s Bradhurst Urban Renewal Plan.

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Press | December 1, 2005

Housing Citation: Parkledge Apartments

“This is a wonderful saving of a resource that could have easily have gone the way of the wrecking ball. It’s been given a level of delight and dignity where the residents feel they’re living in a very special place.” -Jury

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Press | December 1, 2005

Housing Award: Melrose Commons

“What is really interesting is the process of engagement with the community, the strategy for new sites and development, the kind of standards and vocabulary established, rather than the individual buildings.” -Jury

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Press | November 30, 2005

Bronx Urban Renewal Zone Gets Its Palace in the Sun

Palacio del Sol, a 124-unit mixed-use, affordable housing apartment building in the Melrose Commons section of The Bronx, has opened as the largest and newest project in that urban renewal area.

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Press | November 29, 2005

MAP Breaks Ground on 135-Unit The Sutton on West 147th Street

The first of three projected buildings in the city’s Bradhurst Urban Renewal Plan, The Sutton will rise 12 stories on West l47th Street between Bradhurst Avenue and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

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Press | November 23, 2005

Senior Housing Complex Open Its Doors in Brooklyn

Gates Gardens, an award-winning residence for low- and middle-income seniors, has opened its doors in the Ridgewood-Bushwick section of Brooklyn, one of New York City’s most underprivileged neighborhoods.

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Press | November 11, 2005

AIA-New York 2005 Housing Design Awards

Another standout project, Melrose Commons in the Bronx, took root when Magnusson Architecture & Planning began pro-bono consulting for the client, Nos Quedamos to protest the city’s Urban Renewal plans for Melrose.

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Press | November 1, 2005

Affordable Senior Housing Complex Opens in Brooklyn

Gates Gardens, an award-winning residence for low- and middle-income seniors, has opened its doors to residents of the Ridgewood-Bushwick section of Brooklyn, one of New York City’s most underprivileged neighborhoods.

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Press | October 14, 2005

A New Strategy for the City of Trenton: Full Spectrum of NY Develops Trenton Town Center

Trenton has been the focus of intense effort to revitalize its core downtown area. Now the City has taken a bold move to become a national leader in urban renewal and smart growth.

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Announcement | October 13, 2005

Bradhurst’s Emergence as a Neighborhood of Choice Continues with Two New City-Sponsored Affordable Resdiential Developments on West 148th Street

Ground was broken for The Sutton and Bradhurst Apartments, two city-sponsored affordable developments.

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Press | June 22, 2005

Trenton Scores Big

Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson sponsors the fund that would back the highrise project that includes office space, condos and apartments and street-level retail space.

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Press | May 21, 2005

Multifamily Development Spotlight: Parkview Commons

Parkview Commons, a new mixed-use affordable housing development on Elton Avenue and East 161st Street in the South Bronx, broke ground in March.

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Press | May 1, 2005

Affordable, Mixed-Use Community Breaks Ground in the Bronx

The nine-story apartment building is in the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area, a 35-block area that has been stunningly transformed during the last decade.

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Press | March 6, 2005

The Sound of Construction

It is anticipated that about 3,000 housing units will have been added by the time Melrose Commons is fully developed and new construction could add around 10,000 residents to the neighborhood.

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Press | January 26, 2005

Mid-Income Condo Development Planned for Atlantic Avenue

Known as “Atlantic Terrace,” the project would bring 40 affordable housing units to the neighborhood according to the Fifth Avenue Committee’s executive director, Michelle de Ia Uz.

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Press | January 24, 2005

Vernon Cherry Homes in Ocean Hill Not Yet Completed; Already One-Third Occupied

The application process turned out to be easy. There were 500 people in the lottery and the development, not yet completed, is already one-third occupied.

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Press | January 1, 2005

Magnusson’s Yonkers Project Gets Citation from AIA

“We are deeply honored,” said Magnus Magnusson. “We’ve spent many years ensuring that low- and moderate-income housing can be attractive, but when you receive an award like this from your peers it is especially gratifying.”

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Press | January 1, 2005

A Sort of Homecoming

Trendy but troublesome, community-based planning is now the norm. If it can make it in the Bronx, can it make it anywhere?

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Press | October 1, 2004

Master and Commander

“Before, I was designing for marketing people. Now, I’m designing for people who live there.” -Petr Stand

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Press | March 1, 2004

Design Citation of Merit: Gates Gardens Affordable Senior Housing

The Gates Gardens Senior Housing project is a new residence for low-income seniors in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Funded through the HUD Section 202 Senior Housing Program, it is located in one of the city’s poorest areas.

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Press | January 21, 2004

Housing Architect is Honored

Magnusson Architecture and Planning has been saluted for its work in designing quality affordable housing by HELP USA, a non-profit organization that provides homes, job training and other services to low-income families.

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Press | January 1, 2004

NYC Introduces High-Rise, High-Density HOPE VI

This city does HOPE Vl a little differently. Last June, workers broke ground on the first part of a $148 million, three-phase redevelopment that will transform Prospect Plaza.

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Press | December 28, 2003

Renovating a Low-Income Yonkers Rental Complex

A five-building apartment complex, built three decades ago, is being renovated and preserved for low- and moderate-income tenants. It is an exception to the trend of upgrading such publicly financed projects to market-rate and luxury units.

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Press | November 1, 2003

Everything Housing: From Homeless Shelters to Luxury Living

Melrose Commons from the grass roots up.

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Press | June 29, 2003

Something’s Brewing in Bushwick

New housing on old Rheingold site is part of a larger campaign.

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Press | April 1, 2003

Back on the MAP

When the economy turns unpredictable and wallets start to tighten, demand for well-designed affordable housing remains strong. One design firm, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), has discovered this successful niche.

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Press | February 16, 2003

Town Houses Honor Victim on 9/11 Attack

Vernon Cherry, a Brooklyn firefighter and wedding singer who died in the attack on the World Trade Center, never lived in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville section of Brooklyn, but 73 town houses going up there are to bear his name.

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Press | January 1, 2003

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC: Architects for Community Development

“We believe that architects can make a difference in the quality of life in cities,” says Stand, “and that’s what we do. We create meaningful architecture.” 

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Press | December 13, 2002

Complex Puts Middle Class Into Mix

A 230-apartment building under construction in East Harlem will be the first in the city to mix market-rate rentals with units reserved for both low-income and middle-income families.

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Press | September 15, 2002

New Rental Building in the South Bronx

The renewal of the South Bronx has been sparked by a number of housing projects, many in formerly blighted neighborhoods. Now another project is under way, the 7.5-story Freeman Simpson PIaza.

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Press | March 15, 2002

Governor Opens New Affordable Housing in South Bronx

Public/Private Partnership Will Create Homes for Families, Seniors, Special Needs

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Press | October 8, 2000

35 Three-Family Town Homes in Melrose Commons; New Homes for South Bronx

On a vast, mostly vacant and formerly rubble-strewn expanse of the South Bronx, 35 three-family town houses have been snatched up by eager buyers.

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Press | December 5, 1993

Slouching Toward Utopia in the South Bronx

Rather than sit back and wait for architects and planners to tell them how to improve the prospects for their legendarily troubled borough, they joined with architects and planners to renegotiate the social contract between citizens and builders.

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1990 - 1999

Press | March 1, 1999

New Design Could Bring Hope to Struggling Bronx Neighborhoods

The much-maligned Bronx has been on a self-improvement kick of late. In one South Bronx area, community members have banded together to prevent their own displacement and are creating new housing and commercial spaces.

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Press | December 25, 1998

Residential Real Estate: Neighborhood Rises in the South Bronx

An enclave of three-family houses is taking shape in the heart of the South Bronx, signaling the long-awaited start of the ambitious plan by a local community group to transform what was once an urban wasteland into a viable neighborhood.

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Press | December 1, 1997

Nos Quedamos / We Stay

“All people have ideas worth hearing and saying…. differences in age, race, gender, religious affiliation, language, and cultural background should motivate people to work toward true, long-lasting change.” -Yolanda Garcia

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Press | March 17, 1996

‘Civics Lessons: Recent New York Public Architecture’; An Exhibition Honors Projects Done and Not Done

The city’s successfully completed monumental preservation and construction projects are here, but so are examples of housing and schools: Melrose Commons in the Bronx.

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Press | July 10, 1994

A Renewal Plan in the Bronx Advances

Melrose Commons, the groundbreaking attempt by a South Bronx community to design its own urban renewal plan, has made it through the New York City bureaucracy. Last month, it received final approval from the City Council.

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Press | December 1, 1992

1992 Design Awards – Citation for Excellence in Design

The effort to maintain affordability, did not preclude providing a pleasing and marketable design. The two-family attached building type was selected because of its appropriate scale and density for this still largely urban community.

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Announcement | November 24, 1992

The 27th Bard Awards for Excellence in Architecture Community

The incorporation of rental units along with distinctive facades links these houses with the traditional townhouse model common in the outer boroughs, while creating a lovely street elevation which breathe life into a once blighted neighborhood.

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Press | November 8, 1992

Color Them Brightly

Pink. Peach. Yellow. Blue. The vibrant colors of the 26 new two-family houses at Melrose Avenue and East 155th Street in the Bronx strike some viewers as being a bit out of context. But that may be part of their appeal.

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