Genre-breaking supportive housing in the Bronx: all the rage these days. The latest project is the El Rio Residence designed by Gran Kriegel Associates, rendered above. The 65-unit building will house low-income seniors and chronically homeless single adults with mental disabilities. What's genre-breaking about it? It's a green building with a "minimal footprint" (of 4,965 square feet) so that its landscaped spaces, including thirty-foot front and back yards, are as large as possible. The Landmarks Preservation Commission-approved designed is meant to match the historic building with which El Rio shares a site. In a supportive housing deathmatch, how would this design fare against the WASA/Studio A-designed Bronx project?
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