Bedford Green House Phase I debuts at 2865 Creston Avenue in Bedford Park, Bronx

The first phase of the Bedford Green House affordable housing project is now complete at 2865 Creston Avenue in Bedford Park, Bronx. Designed by ESKW Architects and developed by Project Renewal with support from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) of New York, the development features 117 affordable and supportive housing units, including 71 apartments reserved for households and individuals. who have experienced homelessness, families affected by mental illness and addiction, and people living with HIV and AIDS. The remaining 46 apartments are reserved for low-income households earning up to 60% of the regional median income (AMI).

The property also houses a 1,500 square foot rooftop greenhouse and an aquaponic urban farming system with fish, vegetables, herbs and microgreens. The space outside the greenhouse will be used for more traditional growing methods. Residents can work with Project Renewal’s horticultural therapist to grow their own food year-round, alongside their neighbors.

“Affordable housing, homelessness, public health and our environment are all connected, and Project Renewal demonstrates the kind of creative thinking we need to tackle them all together,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “My administration is laser-focused, not just on creating housing on paper, but on ensuring New Yorkers have access to the safe, high-quality, affordable homes they deserve, while helping to fight the climate change and creating our own nutritious food.”

Dedication ceremony at Bedford Green House

Inside the Bedford Green House rooftop farmhouse

Inside the Bedford Green House rooftop farmhouse

Project Renewal provides on-site social services, including case management, occupational therapy, advocacy support, and horticultural therapy using the greenhouse and aquaponics urban agriculture system on the roof of the building.

“Bedford Green House helps meet our city’s urgent need for supportive, affordable housing and embodies Project Renewal’s mission to empower individuals and families to renew their lives with health, homes and jobs” , said Eric Rosenbaum, president and CEO of Project Renewal. “More than just an apartment building, the design and programming of Bedford Green House brings residents, from children to seniors, together in shared activities that promote healthy living.

Construction at Bedford Green House began in November 2017 and was completed in 2019. It took another three years to open the building after various delays. To get the project back on track, Project Renewal pumped $3.5 million of its own money into the development.

The second phase is due to start this year and will introduce an additional 116 apartments, more than half of which will be reserved for low-income seniors. It will include a fitness center and the Molly B. Kronick Library and Learning Center for residents. This phase also includes the construction of a 5,000 square foot medical clinic offering primary care, pediatrics, podiatry and digital radiology.

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