Ground broken on One East Harlem mixed-use project in New York

WCN Editorial Team 29 Apr 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

New York City officials, along with local elected officials and community stakeholders, have broken ground on a new mixed-use development in East Harlem, New York City.

The one-acre One East Harlem project forms a major component of the city’s East 125th Street development project.

One East Harlem project will include more than 400 housing units, of which 300 units will be affordable.

The project will also include 65,000ft² of retail space with Food Bazaar supermarket and 5,000ft² of space dedicated for local retail.

One East Harlem project will also feature 10,000ft² of public open space and 5,000ft² of cultural space, which will be occupied by Groove With Me.

Groove With Me is a local development organisation that provides free dance classes and performance opportunities for young girls.

The project is expected to generate around 300 construction jobs, in addition to more than 140 permanent jobs. One East Harlem project is expected to be completed in 2021.

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) acting commissioner Eric Enderlin said: “Today we break ground on a project that embodies the essence of what we’re striving to achieve through Housing New York.

“This interagency effort to partner with committed nonprofit partners and community stakeholders will bring hundreds of high-quality jobs and nearly 300 permanently affordable homes to Harlem, as well as vital cultural, commercial, and open space that will serve the community for years to come.”

One East Harlem project is a result of the East 125th Street Development, a revitalisation plan created in partnership with the East 125th Street Development Task Force to bring affordable housing and space for retail, arts and culture.

The project includes two phases of development, of which first phase includes 48 low-income units and around 5,000ft² of retail space on the southeast corner of E 125th Street and Third Avenue.

The second phase is comprised of the New York Proton Center, the first proton beam therapy facility in New York State that will offer advanced cancer treatment.

New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is providing around $74m in tax-exempt bonds and another $15m in corporate reserves for the project, while HPD is offering $33m in subsidy.

HDC acting president Richard Froehlich said: “HDC is proud of its role in making One East Harlem possible in part due to its innovative financing techniques and the creative vision of many dedicated stakeholders.”

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Image: One East Harlem will create nearly 300 units of affordable housing. Photo: courtesy of S9 Architecture.

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