A new affordable housing development will bring 80 apartments to Mott Haven for low- and moderate-income residents and those in need of supportive housing. Austin 147, as the project is known, is a 100-percent affordable and supportive project at 880 East 147th Street at the corner of Austin Place that will feature 40 apartments dedicated to formerly homeless adults and families with special needs.
The building is a project of Dunn Development Corp. with CAMBA, and is being developed under the city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program that allowed the site to be built up with increased density.
“An integral part of the Mayor’s ambitious housing plan is creating affordable housing that’s paired with critical supportive services that some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers need to thrive. Austin 147 will bring 80 much needed affordable homes to the Bronx, 16 of which will be affordable permanently through the administration’s bold Mandatory Inclusionary Housing policy,” said NYC HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll.
The project, which broke ground three weeks ago, will include supportive housing restricted to households earning less than 50 percent of the area median income (AMI)—which, this year in the New York area, is $96,100—with tenants committing no more than 30 percent of their income to rent. The Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative services and rental subsidy contract obtained by the developer will pay the balance. The remaining units will be earmarked for New Yorkers earning between 38 percent and 74 percent of AMI.
The building is being designed by SLCE Architects and will feature a community room, a computer room/library, a gym, a garden and patio, a kids’ playroom, and a landscaped roof terrace. A ten-story mural will front on the portion of the 11-story building that faces the Bruckner Expressway. The artist selection process for that mural will be undertaken by Dunn in the near future.