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UWS Nonprofit Could Add 280 Affordable Apartments to the Neighborhood

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The group's existing homeless shelter and adjacent parking garages would be demolished to make room for the apartments

A housing noprofit group is looking to bring 280 units of affordable housing spread out over two new buildings on the Upper West Side, DNAinfo reports. The West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH) has revealed plans to demolish its existing homeless shelter at 149 West 108th Street, and three city-owned parking garages on the street to make way for the new development.

The two new buildings will sit on either side of Anibel Aviles Playground. There isn't yet a breakdown of how the units will be spread out, but the highest band of affordability for the apartments will be 60 percent of area median income (AMI), and it will go lower from there on.

The project has received the backing of the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), but it will require some zoning changes, and as a result the plan will have to go through a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) before construction gets underway. That isn't anticipated until the summer of next year, with construction work taking an additional two years.

This new project will allow WSFSSH to increase the size of its shelter from 92 to 110 beds, which will be part of the overall development. The new housing project will contain a mix of studios, one, and two-bedroom apartments when complete.