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 is set to break ground April 30th, says Magnus Magnusson of Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC (MAP), whose firm designed the development.


The 61-unit affordable housing condominium, called The Orion, is the first phase of a two phase development and encompasses 81,231 square feet at 3044 Third Avenue and 156th Street in the Melrose Commons section of the Bronx. Completion is scheduled for June 2007.


“As part of our urban design strategy in Melrose Commons, we designed The Orion so that it forms a gateway to the neighborhood, together with its sister building, which we are designing across the street,” says Joseph Lengeling, MAP’s director of design. “These twin buildings along Third Avenue mark the entryway of Melrose Commons.”


The 9-story building has three colors of exterior brick, delineating the base, middle and top of the building. The large windows at the top bring a lighter quality to the mass as the building meets the skyline.


Inside, the building’s lobby offers a palette of such warm materials as slate and wood, while the corridors are filled with daylight from the large windows.


“This type of detailing is quite rare for an affordable housing development,” adds Mr. Stand, a principal at MAP and the project director. “As an ownership property, the finishes and materials have been given special attention. The lobby and the corridors all convey an elegance appropriate to home ownership.”


MAP’s client is a joint venture including Nos Quedamos, a community organization; L&M Equity Participants, developers; Procida Realty & Construction Corp.; and Melrose Associates.


Although The Orion is not striving for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, MAP incorporated many practices and materials used in green building.


MAP is a leading firm in inclusive and affordable housing. It is on its way to creating more than 1,000 units of housing in Melrose Commons, where the firm was instrumental in the redevelopment plan.


MAP, whose offices are at 853 Broadway on Union Square, specializes in housing, educational facilities, healthcare, and master planning and community development.


The firm’s current projects include:  several new housing developments in the Melrose Commons section of the Bronx, several new mixed-use housing developments in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Current and past MAP clients include: Nos Quedamos, L&M Equities, the New York City Housing Authority, New York City Housing Partnership, Phipps Houses, the Bluestone Organization, and Mercy College.