The Lee: Silver Supportive Housing on the LES

By any definition, sustainability should be about more than just a carbon footprint. Strong communities that not only respect the natural environment but first offer residents affordable basic services are an indispensable foundation of the green movement and cannot be excluded from a consideration of what exactly is, or is not, sustainable. That being said, [...]

By any definition, sustainability should be about more than just a carbon footprint. Strong communities that not only respect the natural environment but first offer residents affordable basic services are an indispensable foundation of the green movement and cannot be excluded from a consideration of what exactly is, or is not, sustainable.

That being said, last week, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”), in cooperation with Common Ground (a non-profit organization that develops supportive housing in order to combat homelessness), began construction on a $59 million, 99,000 square foot supportive housing complex at 133 Pitt Street on the Lower East Side that will be Manhattan’s first such LEED Silver development. Designed by Kiss + Cathcart Architects (Brooklyn Health House, Stillwell Avenue Subway Terminal), The Lee, named after one of the project’s major financiers, will offer affordable housing and on-site social services for 263 residents. 104 units will be reserved for the homeless, 105 units for low-income residents, and 54 units for young adults that are at high risk for homelessness. Green design features include an efficient condensing boiler, a green roof, efficient water fixtures, high-performance lighting, and low-irrigation landscaping. HPD and Common Ground expect a minimum of twenty percent savings in utility expenses when the building opens its doors in late 2008.

The project’s fusion of green construction practices with affordable housing recognizes the importance of a multi-faceted definition of sustainability here in New York City. Indeed, as HPD commissioner Shaun Donovan noted, “The Lee demonstrates that sustainability can be successfully integrated with affordability and should no longer be considered a luxury available to only a few New Yorkers.”

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12 Responses to The Lee: Silver Supportive Housing on the LES

  1. Brian Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    nice find. The big ‘IF’ i have with green developments that target affordable housing is the “maintenance practices” that the GlobeStreet article mentions. Maintenance and upkeep are almost always an afterthought and ensuring ‘green’ upkeep (ie. waste disposal initiatives, green upgrades) should be part of the underlying proposal. Perhaps this fall upon the management group or Common Ground. Do LEED certifications key off on this point as well?

  2. Alicia Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 7:14 pm #

    I would like to know how can i get the application for the LEE at 133 pitt street on the L.E.S New York..

  3. Xiang Huang Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    Can someone please send me an application also. Thanks!

  4. Amalin Monday, March 17, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    HOW CAN I GO ABOUT GETTING AN APPLICATION.

  5. Faith Jones Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 1:26 pm #

    I would like to get an application for the The Lee at 133 Pitt St. on the L.E.S. of New York.

  6. Jeannie Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:44 am #

    I would really like to get the application please,because are family is not have a good life at all around this neighborhood it really bad for me and my little brothers. All I want is to see my Family and my brothers live a good life in a good neighborhood. please,please send me the application.
    Thank you

  7. Robert John Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    I too would like an application for the Lee. Thanks

  8. Hortencia Ingles Monday, June 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi I would please like to know how I can obtain an application to your new opening apartments to The Lee Apartments at 133 Pitt Street. Thank you for your attention.

  9. walter singleton Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    how can i get an application.

  10. walter singleton Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    how can i get an application,please contact me imediately.

  11. Megelina Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    can i pleasee qet an application email me asap (:

  12. NANCY Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    TO; WHOM IT MAY CONSERN;

    I NANCY, AM WRITING TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION FOR AN APARTMENT ….I BEEN TRYING SO HARD TO FIND AN APARTMENT AN NO ONE HAVE HELP ME PLEASE WHERE AM STAYING IS JUST TEMPORARILY, AN I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE PEOPLE I LIVE WITH PLEASE HELP ME…

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

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