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Commissioner/CEO Towns Celebrates Innovative, Healthy Affordable Housing in the Bronx

Commissioner/CEO Towns joined New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John B. Rhea, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner David Burney, and Blue Sea Development principal Les Bluestone and partner, Avery Seavey in February to celebrate the opening of Arbor House. The 124-unit development features a living green wall installation in the lobby and a rooftop hydroponic farm that will provide fresh produce for building residents and the local community.

Commissioner/CEO Towns said, “Arbor House is a model of urban innovation which grows the community, grows the economy and grows farm fresh produce in the South Bronx. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership this state of the art affordable housing complex brings healthy green housing and living to the community, with enough fresh vegetables to provide for 450 people annually. I congratulate the 124 low and very low income individuals and families who will have a safe, secure, and ecologically advanced home because of the vision of Blue Sea and our other city and state partners.”

In addition to providing 124 units of affordable housing, the facility will provide fresh produce grown in its rooftop hydroponic farm. The building design features artwork by local children and accomplished artist, B√©atriceCoron who designed the decorative metal screens titled ‘Growing Strong’ and incorporated into the fencing and window guards.

Arbor House has been nationally recognized for its sustainable design and energy efficient attributes. It has received LEED Platinum certification and National Green Building Emerald rating. Building construction primarily used local and recycled products and 95% of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills. Arbor House received recognition from the American Cancer Society as a ‘Healthy High-Rise’ in honor of its 100% smoke-free policy. Air quality is further maintained with the use of low and zero VOC paints, adhesives, finishes and sealants and air ventilation and filtration throughout the development. The living green wall in the lobby also provides fresh oxygen.

New York State’s investment includes: $2.5 million through HCR’s Homes for Working Families program and $160,000 provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through its Multifamily Performance Program.

Last Updated: 08/17/12