One of Mayor de Blasio’s initiatives has been to boost the city’s stock of supportive housing—that is, affordable apartments that also offer necessary services like mental-health care or substance abuse programs to populations in need. In 2015, the mayor announced his goal: 15,000 new supportive units in the next 15 years.
One of those projects: a new, 126-unit complex from mental health nonprofit Community Access, which broke ground yesterday in the Mount Eden neighborhood of the Bronx. The $52.2 million complex at 111 East 172nd Street will be a mix of affordable and supportive apartments. Sixty of the units will be specifically set aside for “Medicaid high-need individuals with mental health concerns,” while the rest will be designated for low-income families.
According to the release, the eco-friendly complex will have solar panels, a co-generation plant, and is expected to get LEED silver certification. It’s also designed with the well-being of its future residents in mind, with a community kitchen, outdoor exercise equipment, and an urban garden among its “health amenities.”