Elton Crossing is located in the northern portion of the Melrose Commons urban renewal area of the Bronx, and one of the last two buildings to be developed as part of the ongoing Melrose Commons sustainable housing master planned by Magnusson Architecture and Planning [MAP] in 1989.
In partnership with The Briarwood Organization, Phipps Houses, and The Bridge MAP has designed two connected buildings, an affordable family housing building and a supportive housing building for low-income veterans. Totaling 258 residential units [199 apartments for families, and 59 supportive units], the buildings’ design introduces a new paradigm of sustainable housing development and a new aesthetic standard for modern high-density housing. The buildings’ orientation creates a courtyard; a cut in the family building allows light to reach the landscape and backyard facing units which typically do not receive an abundance of daylight. The break in the building also allows for views to the neighboring public park above the former railroad trench on East 161st Street and Elton Avenue. The courtyard includes a series of terraced gardens and outdoor decks, forming a central and unifying feature of the new complex. Both buildings will be completed in 2018.
Elton Crossing incorporates basic sustainable measures such as solar orientation, maximizing daylight and natural ventilation in conjunction with state-of-the-art green initiatives, such as the implementation of a vast system of storm water management, solar heating and roof gardens including areas dedicated to Urban Agriculture.