Announcement | December 18, 2014

The Community Builders Break Ground on 188 Warburton Avenue, Phase II of a multiphase urban redevelopment of Cottage Place Gardens in Yonkers, NY


Ground was broken Monday, December 15, 2014 on a new, mixed-use, mixed-income multi-family housing development in Yonkers, NY. Developed by The Community Builders, Inc. and in partnership with the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers (MHACY), and designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC (MAP), 188 Warburton Avenue will provide 51 units of affordable housing.


This proposed development will require demolishing two existing MHACY buildings and replacing them with a newly constructed 51 unit affordable housing building. Including 25 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom, as well as 6 three-bedroom.


The building is designed with sensitivity to the neighborhood context with setbacks, roof lines and materials which relate to the surrounding buildings. The building massing integrates the topography of the site near the Hudson River with six stories along Warburton Avenue and stepping down to three stories along Willow Place. The building’s scale will fit seamlessly within the two- and three-story adjacent properties. To reinforce the scale along Willow Place, the new building will include two-story town-house style apartments.



Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) is an award-winning, full-service architecture and planning firm in New York City committed to sustainable development that builds vibrant, healthy communities. The firm’s specializations include housing, educational and community facilities, healthcare facilities, commercial developments, and community planning. MAP’s clients include community groups, agencies, municipalities, institutions, real estate developers, schools and non-profits in the New York City region, such as Westhab, Inc., The Doe Fund, Volunteers of America, CPC Resources, Inc., L+M Development Partners, Columbia University, Lutheran Social Services of Greater New York, Procida, Enterprise Foundation, St. Nicks Alliance, Douglaston Development, The Housing Collaborative, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, and the Fifth Avenue Committee.



Groundbreaking Photo:

From left to right: Susan McCann, The Community Builders, Inc.; John Larkin, City Councilman and Majority Leader; Dennis Shepherd, City Councilman; Jesse Batus, The Community Builders, Inc.; Greg Watson, New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal; Andrea Stewart-Counsins, New York State Senate; Mike Spano, Mayor of the City of Yonkers; Eliot Engel, Congressman Holly Leicht, HUD Region I Regional Administrator; Christopher Johnson; Councilman J. Gary Pretlow, New York State Assemblyman; Michael Sabatino; Councilman Ken Jenkins, Westchester County Legislator and Yonkers IDA President; Joseph Shuldiner, Executive Director of the Municipal Housing Authority of the City of Yonkers.