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General Colin L. Powell Apartments Awarded Outstanding Affordable Housing Project

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Cruzmaria Renvill, a Habitat-NYC Homeowner at General Colin Powell Apartments, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony in September. She said homeownership will make a great improvement in her life. "It's here for me when I get old. My daughter will love it. She will have a place, something for safe-keeping, something for us." Seated left to right: Brian Lawlor, Commissioner/CEO of HCR, General Colin Powell, and Marc Jahr, President of NYC Housing Development Corporation.

The United States Green Building Council recently announced that the General Colin L. Powell Apartments in the Longwood section of the South Bronx received a 2010 LEED for Homes Award. The development was named Outstanding Affordable Housing Project for making long-term affordability through energy savings a key element of the project design.

HCR partnered with New York City, Habitat for Humanity, and Blue Sea Development to make the development a reality. The Affordable Housing Corporation and SONYMA helped finance the General Colin L. Powell Apartments, leveraging a variety of public and private resources. The 50-unit development provides affordable co-op homes and is a crown jewel in a neighborhood that had been devastated by blight and decay.

The 2010 LEED for Homes Awards recognize projects, developers and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. To read the article in Engineering News-Record, go to: http://newyork.construction.com/new_york_construction_news/2011/0112_USGBC-Awards.asp.

Last Updated: 1/18/2011