They Didn’t Save Parking Lots to Put Up Affordable Housing
Linda G. Miller
Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Soundview Family Housing, the first phase of a multi-building affordable development in the Soundview section of the South Bronx. 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 and the transition between the NYCHA Soundview Houses towers and the low-rise homes in the surrounding area. Construction of the senior building. which is expected to begin in January 2014, has been designed to meet the evolving needs of aging residents and aligns with the principles of “aging in place,” a movement that creates opportunities for residents to remain in their own homes. 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). 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.