The product of a partnership between the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and the Ali Forney Center, this new development will offer 21 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless LGBTQ young adults (ages 18-25). Paramount to this plan is a sensitivity to the aesthetics and functionality of the adjacent neighborhood icon, St. Andrews Church. The design avoids obstructing key exterior features and compromising interior ones, while also corresponding with the church through visual themes like landscaping and color.
Tints on large common area windows and exterior panels replicate the color palette of the stained-glass next door; and an entry garden between the two structures is a shared space that signifies the welcoming spirit of this work. Vines climb the east wall, softening the façade and connecting the entryway to the planted fourth-floor setback above. A seating area with large windows overlooking that green roof provides a spot for residents to socialize or quietly relax. A lobby lounge on the first floor and a community room that opens onto a landscaped rear yard also encourage social connections. A laundry room and social service offices round out the ground floor and a rooftop solar array is included to increase overall sustainability.