Melrose Commons, Site C is located in the northern portion of the Melrose Commons urban renewal area of the Bronx. Magnusson Architecture and Planning designed two conjoined buildings for the site, a Family Building, “Elton Crossing” on the corner of Elton Avenue, and a Permanent Supportive Housing Building mid-block on 161st Street.
In partnership with The Bridge, the supportive housing building was designed for low-income tenants with severe mental illness, giving preference to veterans. It offers 59 studio units as permanent supportive housing and a community room with kitchen, computer lab, laundry room, and outdoor recreational space. There will be on-site case management services for the tenants, and 24/7 front desk coverage.
The building is located on a mid-block site, one of the last in the Melrose Commons Master Plan which redeveloped the neighborhood beginning in the 1990s. The supportive housing building is adjacent to a new multi-family building, Elton Crossing, and their orientations create an enclosed courtyard with a series of terraced gardens and outdoor decks, forming a central and unifying space between and behind the two buildings. Off the street residents can relax, grill and escape the busyness of the City. The Veterans’ Building bridges the height of the existing building to the east and Elton Crossing, the multi-family building to the west.