A vacant lot on the corner of 127th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard will soon be home to a 10-story building containing 60 units of affordable housing as well as offices for the Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Services and Childrens' Village, two community organizations that work to assist foster children. The building is being developed by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, with Samir S. Shah of Urban Quotient designing and Alembic Development handling the construction.
The building massing and facades are designed to fit within the tradition of elegant New York City residential architecture. At the same time, the material choices, the ground floor, and the top floors provide a variation on this theme that makes the building stand out from its context in a manner that speaks to the mission and purpose of Harlem Dowling. The affordable housing units will total 53,827 square feet, averaging just under 900 square feet per unit. 8,771 square feet will be devoted to the community facilities. As of yet, there is no planned completion date.
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