Announcement | April 1, 2006

Mixed-Use Coop Wins Queens & Bronx Building Association Award


The Queens & Bronx Building Association recognized the Sutton, an 11-story, mixed-use, affordable cooperative building with its 2007 Building Award for Excellence in Design and Construction. Designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP), The Sutton is the first project completed under the New York City Housing Development Corporation’s Affordable Cooperative Housing Program.


This new development adds 133 residential units and approximately 3,500 SF of retail space to the Bradhurst neighborhood bordering Jackie Robinson Park.  Located on Bradhurst Avenue, bordering West 147th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the Sutton is part of the Bradhurst Urban Renewal Area. “Quality, affordable housing like The Sutton is fundamental to building a city of opportunity for everyone,” said Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Shaun Donovan.


In 2004, HPD awarded the formerly vacant parcel to developers Duvernay + Brooks LLC and Penrose Properties LLC, who crafted a development, financing and marketing plan that maximized the number of affordable housing opportunities for local residents. Community board approval of the plan was achieved without delay.


“An important element of the building’s design was the consideration of its interaction with the surrounding community,” said Magnus Magnusson, MAP Principal. “In order to relate to the neighborhood scale, we designed setbacks at the 6th floor and located individual entrances to first floor maisonette units around the perimeter of the building. We used a palette of warm materials and colors, so that the building compliments the neighborhood in texture and style.”


Because the site is directly across the street from Jackie Robinson Park, the building has spectacular views of the park, as well as the immediate surrounding neighborhoods and the Manhattan skyline beyond. To compliment these views, a courtyard garden was created for residents facing the inner portion of the building. This courtyard, complete with pavers, green areas, planters and benches, also serves as an extension of the first floor community space and provides a relaxing and social environment.


Building amenities include underground parking for 44 cars, 24-hour security, a fitness area, community room, and video intercom system. The entrance to the lobby includes an exterior canopy, aluminum and glass vestibule and tile flooring. Apartment amenities include parquet wood floors, telephone entry system, pre-wiring for internet and cable, washer/dryer hookups, microwaves and dishwashers. In addition, many units have terraces or decks with views of Jackie Robinson Park.


Consultants on the project included:  ABS Architects, PC, associated design architect; Goldstein Associates PLLC, structural engineers; and Simon Rodkin, P.C, mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineers.


“We are pleased to be able to work with the City and the many public, private and not-for profit partners to offer attractive, high quality, and affordable housing in Harlem that meets the needs of homeowners,” said Joni Brooks of Duvernay + Brooks.


MAP has been designing innovative community-based projects since 1995. Current projects include:  several new housing and mixed-use developments throughout the boroughs of New York City, as well as developments in the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey.  Other current and past MAP clients include: Phipps Houses, Volunteers of America, the Jewish Board of Children and Family Services, Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, Inc., L&M Equities, Fifth Avenue Committee, and BFC Construction.