Schoolhouse Terrace is the first phase of a master plan to redevelop the adjacent, outdated Cottage Gardens Public Housing. The project consists of a pair of new buildings, one with 51 units for seniors and the other 70 apartments for families ranging in size from one to three bedrooms.
Set on Ashburton Avenue and separated by a new street ending in a cul-de-sac, the two corner lot structures reflect the style and scale of the community. With 19th century masonry buildings surrounding the site, the brick facades embrace the area’s established aesthetic and visually tie it through material to the public school that it replaces. Though structural damage forced the city to demolish the school, its original arched entryway has been incorporated into the new buildings to create a monumental senior lobby.
Continuity within the neighborhood is expressed through the buildings’ massing. Dividing the lot with a small street eschews a superblock development. Taking advantage of the downward slope of the street, the larger building is situated on the lower, western portion of the property and its tallest portions are set back from Ashburton Avenue.
Residents enjoy large windows that maximize natural light and offer views of the Hudson River and the Palisades beyond. The new street and sidewalks, green roofing, street trees, public benches and lighting connect them to their neighborhood. Terraces located at the north end of each building provide residents with a pleasant landscape where they can sit and enjoy the outdoors. The site is within walking distance of the Yonkers Metro North and Amtrak train station. It is targeting LEED-Silver certification and NYSERDA.