In an unprecedented model of public funding subsidies, BRC (Bowery Residents’ Committee) has blended permanent affordable housing and a shelter for the homeless. The inaugural project under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s HomeStretch program, Landing Road is a 200-bed homeless shelter that provides funding for 135 units of low income supportive housing. The two lower levels are occupied by the shelter, and the upper seven floors are for the permanent supportive housing. The two programs have separate entrances and architecturally distinctly yet referential formal expressions.
Located at the termination of Landing Road at the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, the site slopes dramatically with sweeping views of upper Manhattan and the Harlem River. The housing portion has bay window projections which enhance the small efficiency units as well as create a vibrant façade. The shelter portion has ten dormitories with en-suite bathrooms and expansive windows providing daylight. The project participated in Enterprise Green Communities and is NYSERDA certified with a significant solar panel array that will supplement energy usage for the housing portion of the building.
This project was named the winner of the New York Housing Conference’s Community Impact Competition in December 2018. The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded the Andrew J. Thompson Pioneer in Housing Award to the BRC for this project earlier in 2018, and it also won the Society of American Registered Architects’ National Design Award of Merit in Multi-Family Residential: Affordable Housing in November of the same year.