Fisher Senior Apartments begins construction at 97 West 169th Street in Highbridge, The Bronx
Construction has begun on Fisher Senior Apartments, a senior housing property located at 97 West 169th Street in Highbridge, The Bronx. Designed by Shakespeare Gordon Vlado Architects and developed by the West Side Consortium for Supportive Housing for Seniors (WSFSSH), the structure will provide 105 homes for seniors, including 54 units for the formerly homeless. All units will be reserved for households 55 and older that make up less than 50 percent of the area median income.
To improve affordability, all units will be classified as NYCHA Section 8 project-based, ensuring that no tenant pays more than 30 percent of their income in rent.
In addition, WSFSSH will pilot a new housing model to help seniors age in place. This includes two floors dedicated to enhanced care, where the studio apartments will share a common lounge and terrace, with on-site caregivers offering supervision, reminders, assistance, activities and meal preparation. Building staff will also help residents obtain and maintain health care, medical and mental health counseling, manage their finances, and pay rent.
Residents will also have access to shared laundry facilities, two elevators and indoor common areas.
“We are currently facing a housing crisis as many Bronx residents struggle to pay rent and afford basic necessities,” Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson said. “Fischer Senior Apartments will ensure our seniors, previously unhoused residents, and other vulnerable New Yorkers have access to the affordable, safe, quality housing needed to age with dignity in our communities.”
As described by the design team, the building will have a brick façade based on the neighborhood’s historic Art Deco designs, a setback level with a landscaped balcony, maximum light and air to the units and hallways, and a landscaped backyard. On the ground floor, the building entrance is flanked by large windows that overlap the sidewalk and enhance the pedestrian experience.
Sustainable components include solar shading, energy-efficient windows and lighting, and rooftop solar panels. The building is also expected to achieve the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities standards.
Total construction costs are approximately $69 million. The project received funding from Capital One, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Affordable Rental Apartments Program, and a 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit by the National Equity Fund. Additional funding sources include discretionary Reso A funds from New York City Councilwoman Althea Stevens and Bronx Borough President Gibson, the New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, and deferred developer fees.
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