Event MAP News Press | April 30, 2019

Unveiling St. Augustine Terrace in the Bronx

 

Photo by MIGUEL DE GUZMAN/IMAGENSUBLIMINAL

 

New York, NY — (April 9, 2019) Magnusson Architecture + Planning (MAP) will debut St. Augustine Terrace, a new mid-rise building that will provide 112 units of affordable housing for low-income families in the Bronx. The project was commissioned by The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and built on the site of the former St. Augustine’s Church in the heart of the Morrisania neighborhood. 

 

The design was inspired by the notion that a house of worship is a beacon of light in its community. From that idea came 13 floors of large, fully glazed elevator lobbies which provide spectacular views by day and then become a glowing tower by night. 

 

Photo by Ari Burling

 

“The beacon of light idea is a visual representation of the client’s mission, it’s about hope and community. And it also let us create a beautiful amenity with fantastic views that everyone can enjoy. The design is inclusive that way. This project shows what affordable housing can be, both for the community of people who live there and those in the surrounding neighborhood.” 

 

– Fernando Villa, Principal, Magnusson Architect and Planning

 

 

The placement of this south facing element was the most inclusive way to share the city vista with all residents. At the same time it gives light to the adjacent park in the evening. 

One third of the units (35 studio apartments) will be set aside for adults with mental illness who will be serviced by the Beacon of Hope Division of Catholic Charities Community Services which provides mental health support services. The remaining 77 units will include 19 one-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom, and 21 three-bedroom apartments. 

 

Photo by Ari Burling

 

Photo by Ari Burling

 

Neighborhood Integration 

Rock formations uncovered during construction were incorporated into the landscape at the front of the property providing a visual association with the park and a connection to the area’s natural environment. They also supply an organic complement to the straight lines and right angels of the building. Just beyond the entry, decking extends out over the rocks to a look-out point, a spot for residents and visitors to enjoy as the topography slopes downward toward the west revealing more views. The bell and stones from the original church which are placed throughout the landscaping, celebrate the site’s history and create yet another link to the neighborhood. 

 

Photo by MIGUEL DE GUZMAN/IMAGENSUBLIMINAL

 

Amenities for Residents 

With offices for social services on-site, this project is a prime example of the alternative ways that religious institutions can serve their communities. A large portion of the ground floor fronting Fulton Avenue will include supportive housing offices, the community/multi-use room and laundry. The ground floor will receive direct daylight and have access to a landscaped front yard. Below grade space will include bike storage and mechanical rooms. 

The building, which is also expected to achieve LEED Gold status, will be enrolled in the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program (MPP). As a NYC HPD funded project, it will comply with the Enterprise Green Communities certification program. The PV system at St. Augustine Terrace is projected to offset 55,555 kWh in the first year of operation, equivalent to driving across the country almost 36 times. 

 

The resiliency and sustainability measures, quality building materials, broadly accessible panoramas, evening light provided to the nearby park and street corners, and elements that tie to the history of the place, all exemplify the inclusivity and care that underlie this work. 

 

 

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE

 

 

ABOUT MAP 

For over three decades, Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP) has worked with non-profit groups, municipalities, and for-profit developers to improve the lives of those who live and work in their communities. MAP’s award-winning buildings and urban revitalization projects serve as the foundation for vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods. Since our founding in 1986, we have been at the forefront of quality housing, green building and urban design. 

 

MAP offers comprehensive architectural and planning services that blend design excellence with technical and planning expertise. The firm specializes in mixed-use developments including: affordable, supportive, senior, mixed-income, and market-rate housing; schools; community facilities; urban design projects; and, community planning. 

 

In 2015 MAP established a Volunteer Program. Every month a team of staff, friends, and family donate personal time to projects that serve residents of the buildings the firm has designed, improve features in those buildings or support the clients of MAP’s nonprofit partners. 

 

 

ABOUT CATHOLIC HOMES OF NEW YORK 

More than 1,000 new affordable apartments are under construction or in various stages of planning. In addition, Catholic Homes New York has renovated more than 2,000 apartments in 7 different neighborhoods over the past 8 years. Catholic Homes New York is an affiliate of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. 

 

 

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