The scaffolding and construction gear recently came down at 535-537 E. 11th St. near Avenue B.
Subsidized by HPD's Supportive Housing Loan Program, the 8-floor Mary Spink Apartments will feature 46 units of affordable housing for formerly homeless and mentally disabled East Village residents. The studio apartments "will allow the residents to learn to live independently in a nurturing environment," according to a description of the building at the website of Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects.
Per the site:
In a response to the needs of the community, a connection between E. 11th Street and Joseph Sauer Park, located on E. 12th Street and abutting the rear yard, has been incorporated into the design. During the day, the public can access the park from 11th Street via a passageway running along the east side of the building. Additionally, a public toilet has been located at the rear of the first floor and can be accessed by both the building residents and community members visiting the adjacent park.
Spink, a respected community activist, CB3 member and executive director of Lower East Side People's Mutual Housing Association, died in January 2012 at age 64.
[Photo by Bobby Williams]
Previously on EV Grieve:
East 11th Street lot prepped for the Mary Spink Apartments
Empty East 11th Street lot will yield to 8 stories of affordable housing (49 comments)
Big crane work at the incoming Mary Spink Apartments on East 11th Street
Your guide to construction hell on East 11th Street