Announcement | July 1, 2015

Creston Avenue Residence has Officially Opened


Magnusson Architecture and Planning is thrilled to announce the completion and opening of a new building that we designed on Creston Avenue in the Fordham section of the Bronx.


Co-developed by Volunteers of America-NY (VOA) and Robert Sanborn/The Housing Collaborative and built by Sisca Northeast, Inc., the building houses low-income tenants, with ongoing support services by VOA. We are proud to be providing 66 new and permanent homes for high-need Medicaid clients and disabled veterans.


There are many wonderful aspects to the building. The design successfully relates to the neighboring brick buildings but is massed with setbacks and different colored brick to minimize its street presence. To achieve a LEED Platinum rating we integrated many green features including solar panels on the topmost roof, two green roofs at setbacks, generous fenestration to maximize daylight, a high efficiency boiler on the roof, low-E thermal Energy Star windows, continuous exterior insulation, no VOC paints or primers and a rainwater collection system that irrigates a lush garden planted with native plants and trees.


The project is also notable for its funding; this is the first use of MRT, Medicaid Redesign Team Capital Recovery program, a new source of money for supportive housing; the plan is meant to rein in costly Medicaid expenses by more effectively managing the chronic conditions of over 4,000 New Yorkers. With onsite services, some tenants will put less stress on emergency departments, hospitals and physicians.


In constantly improving the design and performance of affordable homes for New Yorkers, the partners, associates and staff of MAP continue to find challenge and excitement in work that is both satisfying and important.