The Morrisania Homes, a sixty-four unit development in the South Bronx that includes sixteen three-family and eight two-family homes, just became New York’s first affordable housing project to receive certification under USGBC’s LEED for Homes (“LEED-H”) Pilot Program (which should launch formally sometime this fall) and the first LEED-H Certified residences in New York City. A second phase to the project will add an additional twelve units from four three-family homes. Green design features include Energy Star appliances, a high-performance HVAC system, and recycled carpeting; residents will also receive training on how to optimize the sustainable features (which is a LEED-H requirement).
The Morrisania Homes were developed by Blue Sea Development, in cooperation with the Housing Partnership Development Corporation. Financing came from a $6.6 million JP Morgan construction loan, $1.5 million from a New York State Affordable Housing Corporation grant, $1.9 million in subsidies from the City, and $435,000 from Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. Quotes from various notables via the press release below; I’ll follow up with more details about the project as they become available.