September 29, 2021
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JASA and the WBE developer welcome residents to the 100% affordable, 115-unit senior housing development at 1490 Southern Boulevard
30% of the new affordable development is set aside for formerly homeless older adults; JASA will provide all new residents with support services and onsite staff
Bronx, New York - Today, Type A Real Estate Advisors (Type A), a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) developer, in collaboration with JASA, the go-to agency serving older New Yorkers, celebrated the opening of 1490 Southern Boulevard in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new, 100% affordable senior housing development provides 114 units for households making up to 50% AMI, with 30% of units in the development set aside for formerly homeless older adults and one superintendent’s unit. This project is a continuation of a historic partnership between the non-profit and development sectors to combat the lack of affordable housing for seniors in New York City.
Type A was selected to develop the city-owned site as part of Mayor de Blasio's 2017 initiative to expand the capacity of MWBE firms in the real estate and construction industry, and has led the development to become the first of six projects within this plan to complete construction and lease up of its units. JASA, the largest nonprofit manager of senior housing in New York City, manages the residential units and common areas in the development. The organization also provides onsite staff to assist residents with social service needs such as accessing benefits and entitlements, home care, and meals, as well as programs and opportunities to participate in community and cultural events.
“This ribbon cutting marks an exciting milestone in our fight to address the clear lack of affordable housing for so many New Yorkers and is illustrative of the priorities and vision of MWBE firms in our city,” said Annie Tirschwell, Partner at Type A. “We are proud to work with JASA and contribute to their efforts in supporting our City’s older adults with such respect and care. We are also grateful to our design team lead by Bernheimer Architects who has created award-winning, uniquely design-driven modern spaces that will allow residents to age in place beautifully, sustainably and gracefully. This project is truly the product of the vision and the hard work of HPD, HDC, Council Member Salamanca, Borough President Ruben Diaz and our lenders whose investment in M/WBE firms was made evident today.”
“The pandemic has made it clear that safe, accessible, and affordable housing is crucial to ensuring the health and wellbeing of vulnerable older New Yorkers. JASA is proud to be part of this unique collaboration and to make this beautiful new building a fresh start and welcoming home for so many older adults,” said Kathryn Haslanger, CEO of JASA. “As New York City’s go-to agency serving older adults, JASA has worked hard to provide critical services to over 40,000 New Yorkers annually. We are able to ensure the needs of seniors are met through innovative virtual programming, life-saving home-delivered meals, legal support, mental health services, and affordable housing.''
In addition to the 114 affordable homes, the building features amenities such as 3,600 square feet of community and social service space for residents, a large 2nd floor garden for passive recreation, a fitness center, laundry facilities, and a 2,500 square-foot landscaped and furnished terrace with inspiring city views.
“1490 Southern Boulevard is the first development selected from HPD’s M/WBE Building Opportunity RFP to open its doors. What was once a vacant lot is now 114 affordable homes for low-income seniors, including those who have experienced homelessness,” said HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll. “HPD is proud to partner with Type A and JASA on this project, and we remain committed to expanding the participation of M/WBEs and nonprofits in the affordable housing industry.”
“Creating affordable housing and expanding opportunities for our seniors and our most vulnerable population, who are some of the people who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, is not only important but will play a crucial role in our borough's recovery,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “This monumental project, creating 114 affordable housing units, will give many Bronxites in need a place to call home. I am proud to have allocated $500k in capital funds towards this much-needed project. I want to thank Type A Projects, JASA, HPD and HDC for their commitment to The Bronx and for making this possible."
"I would like to commend Type A, JASA, HPD, and HDC for their collaborative work in accomplishing the addition of affordable housing units at 1490 Southern Boulevard,” said State Senator Luis Sepúlveda. “Affordable and supported housing for elderly New Yorkers is urgently needed to stem the economic hardships brought by life circumstances and exacerbated by the pandemic."
“Today, the South Bronx celebrates a momentous occasion with the addition of 114-units of 100% affordable housing that will aid our most vulnerable New Yorkers; seniors,” stated Council Member Rafael Salamanca, 17th Council District, The Bronx. “Serving very low-income seniors, the building will also have a 30% homeless set aside for the formerly homeless, and offer superior on-site programming and services for residents. I am proud to have allocated $500k in capital funds to facilitate the completion of this much-needed development. I commend Type A Projects and JASA for their commitment to Bronxites, as well as administration partners at HPD and HDC who provided the support to make this day possible."
“Bernheimer Architecture’s team designed the building to be a strong presence along Southern Boulevard, one that opens to the street, connects to the neighborhood, and is welcoming to its residents,” said Bernheimer Architecture Principal, Andy Bernheimer. “We are thrilled to have worked with this development team, to serve an in-need population, and to contribute to the growth of the Bronx.”
The building’s design is assertively and sustainably modern, and embraces active, green design. With generously supplied outdoor spaces, residents will be able to enjoy relaxation and a sense of community.
JASA is the go-to agency serving older adults in New York City, providing critical services to over 40,000 people annually. Founded 50+ years ago, JASA is a leading expert and innovator in aging services that recognizes the diversity among the aging population and honors older adults as vital members of society. JASA’s life-changing support services, interventions and partnerships promote aging with a purpose and provide autonomy for older adults to remain in their homes and communities. JASA operates eleven affordable housing properties, is a licensed home care agency and offers a breadth of integrative services citywide spanning free legal services, health and mental health services, home-delivered meals, social programming at senior centers and community trainings on elder abuse, peer health support, caregiver assistance and more. For more information, please visit www.jasa.org or follow @JASASeniors on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Type A Real Estate Advisors
Guided by the principle that every project is an opportunity to open doors and impact lives in a lasting and transformative way, Type A Real Estate Advisers is a woman-owned developer dedicated to building inspiring, vibrant and affordable residences. Firm principals have collectively developed supportive and affordable projects across the tri-state area with almost 2,000 units completed or in development. The hallmark of all their work is deep partnerships with best in breed not for profit organizations and a commitment to engagement of local electeds and community members.
About Bernheimer Architecture
Bernheimer Architecture is a practice rooted in New York City and its surroundings. As a studio BA creates dignified spaces through contemplative research, simultaneous with consideration for the pragmatics of building. Our studio is committed to designing sustainable and resilient architecture by crafting productive environments for people and their communities.