The newly constructed, 13-story, approximately 87,000 SF mixed income building will contain 25 units for low income families, 15 units for moderate income families, 30 units for single adults living with HIV/AIDS, and 25 units for single adults with chronic mental illness. The residential program will include an on-site laundry opening onto a landscaped outdoor terrace in the rear yard, a community room on the 11th floor opening onto a landscaped terrace, and a bicycle storage room in the basement. The 10,000 sf community facility component on three floors, will house the relocated headquarters and social service programs for Unique People Services as well as community amenities for area residents and organizations.
As a sustainable, mixed-use, mixed-income development, 2050 Grand Concourse will provide apartments for low-income households being priced out of the area, bring higher earning households into the area, and leverage the spending power of 48 UPS employees (including 8 building and support service staff for the residential portion of the building) to invigorate local businesses. As a gateway project, 2050 will offer access to free WiFi, conference, training, and event space within UPS’s community facility, thus activating a vacant segment of an otherwise vibrant commercial corridor along East Burnside Avenue. By locating the entrance to UPS’s space on East Burnside, separate from the main residential entrance on Grand Concourse, the design respects the historic and residential character of the Grand Concourse. Both the residential and community facility programs support key aspects of the existing community revitalization and historic preservation efforts in Community Board 5, and along the Grand Concourse. The sustainable design strategies, like green roofs, demonstrate a focus on health and wellness by lowering the building’s carbon footprint, immediately having a positive impact on air quality, and reducing energy bills for residents.
Unique People Services, Inc. (UPS) is a Bronx-based nonprofit which offers long-term and permanent housing for formerly homeless persons with mental illness, transitional and permanent housing for formerly homeless persons with HIV/AIDS, and permanent housing for adults with developmental disabilities. 2050 Grand Concourse’s 95 unit mixed-use, mixed-population and mixed-income supportive housing building will further the UPS mission to offer compassionate services and quality housing for those in need.