[Pre-construction look at 302 E. 2nd St.]
As we first reported this past Friday, a 14-story affordable housing complex is in the works for the long-vacant, city-owned parcel on Second Street between Avenue C and Avenue D.
On Friday morning, various officials kicked off the construction phase during a ground-breaking ceremony. Asian Americans for Equality is developing the long-empty lot after the Department of Housing Preservation and Development selected the organization in 2017.
Officials also released more information about the project — called East Village Homes — at 302 E. Second St., which will feature 45 affordable apartments and a ground-floor community facility.
From the news release:
Leroy Street Studio designed the building, which includes sustainable elements and meets Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. The project includes 13 studios, 19 one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and one apartment for an on-site super.
The building’s facade features a layered system of stucco panels that play off of an array of metal panels with custom-perforated designs. Integrated active design principles include bike storage, easily-accessible outdoor green space and visible stairs and circulation pathways.
Building amenities include a shared roof terrace, a meeting space off of the main lobby and a laundry facility. The project features a resilient design with no basement, water-conserving plumbing fixtures and high-efficiency lighting fixtures.
[Via Leroy Street Studio]
Here's a detail via Patch that wasn't included in the press materials:
Eight apartments will be for formerly homeless people under Section 8 for incomes up to 20 percent of area median income, seven apartments at 47 percent of AMI, 14 apartments at 77 percent of AMI and 15 apartments at 120 percent of AMI — which ranges from annual incomes less than $15,000 to about $90,000 for a single person. It will also have a 1,000-square-foot community facility, roof terrace, and green space.
In addition, officials announced that there's a second phase of the East Village Homes project, which is creating 10 additional affordable rental apartments on a separate site at 276 E. Third St. just east of Avenue C...
[276 E. 3rd St.]
This is all fine & well but they need to have a maximum height for all buildings, luxury or affordable. The city is full. Our infrastructure cannot support more 14 story buildings.
And 10:59, while I'm here, height limits are nothing but aesthetic moralism. The idea that high rise buildings are too much for Manhattan(!) is absurd––our infrastructure is nowhere near capacity.
"And 10:59, while I'm here, height limits are nothing but aesthetic moralism. The idea that high rise buildings are too much for Manhattan(!) is absurd––our infrastructure is nowhere near capacity."
I mean when you consider that the tall buildings block out the sun, then yeah the city is pretty full. When those luxury buildings don't fill up because no reasonable person wants to live on the 50th floor. Midtown is a cold tundra in the winter months due to these tall buildings. Do you really want that everywhere?
The buildings will never be at capacity when you build up. They will take away other benefits of living in a neighborhood with low buildings, like Alphabet City for example.
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