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

Ceremonial Groundbreaking for Melrose Commons Affordable and Supportive Housing Development

Wednesday, August 3rd, at 11 AM

425 East 161st Street, Melrose, Bronx, NY

Vicki Been, Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Nicole Branca, Assistant Commissioner, Mayor’s Office on Veteran’s Affairs

Gary Rodney, NYC Housing Development Corporation President

Cynthia C. Wainwright, Bridge Board President

Susan Wiviott, Bridge Chief Executive Officer

Magnus Magnusson, AIA, Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC

Fernando Villa, AIA, Principal, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC

Other City and State Agency Representatives and Funding Partners

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 26th) – On August 3rd, at 11am, The Bridge will join funding partners, city and state agency representatives, and elected officials to mark the start of construction on Melrose Commons Supportive Housing Project, a 58-unit permanent supportive housing development in the Melrose section of the Bronx (rendering below). When complete, this new building will provide permanent supportive housing for 58 adults with serious mental illness, with a preference veterans (NY/NY III).
Melrose Commons, Site C, will include 58 supportive studio units. The 35,000 square foot, 9-story building will include a community room with kitchen, computer lab, laundry room, and outdoor recreational space. There will be on-site case management services for the tenants, and 24/7 front desk coverage. The project will participate in NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program.

Funding for the $16 million project came from HPD, HDC, Bronx Borough President Reso A, and NYS HHAP. Pre-development funds were provided by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Citibank, and LISC. Section 8 vouchers were awarded by NYCHA, and services will be paid for through a contract with NYC DOHMH. The Bridge, together with CPC Resources and the Briarwood Organization, was awarded this city-owned property known as Melrose Commons Site C and referred to as the gateway to the new South Bronx.

Founded in 1954, The Bridge has long been a leader in providing housing, case management, and behavioral health services to the most vulnerable New Yorkers.  Recognizing the importance of housing in stabilizing individuals with chronic mental health, medical and substance use disorders, The Bridge houses 828 individuals in 19 residences – affordable supportive housing with on-site services – and almost 400 supported apartments in communities throughout New York City.

Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

Melrose Commons Site C

Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) is an award-winning office based in New York City committed to sustainable development that builds vibrant, healthy communities. The firm specializes in affordable housing, educational and community facilities, healthcare, commercial development, and community planning. MAP’s clients and partners include community advocacy groups, public agencies, cultural, education and social institutions, real estate developers and non-profits, including Community Solutions, The Bridge, New Destiny Housing Corporation, Sanborn Devleopment, The Community Builders, Inc., Westhab, Inc., CPC Resources, Inc., Douglaston Development, BRP Companies, Volunteers of America Greater-New York, and the Fifth Avenue Committee.