Press | July 15, 2014

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

New York Real Estate Journal


Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) and Associated Blind Housing Development Fund Corp. (Associated Blind HDFC) broke ground on a $38 million building upgrade at Selis Manor. Selis Manor is one of the first government-funded residences for the vision-impaired and disabled in the city. Associated Blind HDFC manages the residence, which opened in 1980. The repairs and capital improvements are its first-ever building upgrades. The phased construction is set to be complete by 2016.


The 14-story building is located at 135 West 23rd St. It has 205 studio, one, and two-bedroom units. Amenities include a roof terrace, courtyard, bowling alley, fitness center, computer center, library, and auditorium.


The speakers at the ceremony were Brian Daniels, associate commissioner of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services: Commission for the Blind; Leroy Latiker III, underwriter-project manager of production and development at U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; Tony Saverese, developer/managing agent at Associated Blind HDFC; Joyce Carrico, tenant association representative and resident at Selis Manor; Perry Winston, associate at MAP; and Joe Malewich, board member of Associated Blind HDFC.


All of the public spaces will be upgraded and a new entrance will be added. Each of the apartments will have new fixtures and finishes. The separate kitchens will be connected directly to the living areas of the residential units for better flow and circulation. The renovation includes a full MEP systems upgrade that will lower energy usage.