Project DescriptionLocated at 2382 Creston Avenue in the Bronx, New York, the project site is made up of four contiguous lots, with a total approximately 9,500 sq ft and it is situated on the eastern side of Creston Avenue between East 184th and East 188th Streets.
The site is characterized by existing mid-rise multifamily residential buildings. The property is currently a vacant, asphalt-paved lot. The site is within a ½ mile walking distance of public transportation and essential services and is considered a “grayfield”.
The proposed building will be an approximately 62,750 square foot 10-story tall building with full basement. The building contains 21 studio apartments, 12 one-bedroom apartments, 32 two-bedroom apartments and 1 two-bedroom apartment (Super’s apartment), totaling 66 residential units.
There will be administrative and program management offices at the ground floor fronting Creston Avenue adjacent to the main residential lobby.
The proposed building is rectangular shaped, fronting on Creston Avenue with the building creating a recessed area extending along the front of the building. It leaves approx. 3,330 square feet of open space to the east which provides maximum southern exposure and views to the southeast. Additionally, the building sets back on the west side on the 6th,9th & 10th Floors and the east side of the 9th Floor. The massing allows for a combination of contextual brick façade portions on the lower floors portions of the north and south sides and a more modern and lighter composition of glass, metal/rain screen panels towards the center and on the upper recessed floors breaking the scale to fit nicely in the neighborhood.
The landscaped courtyard will be planted with plants and shrubs native to the New York area. The design takes advantage of the existing downward topography by creating a basement area containing the community and laundry rooms that will have ample windows to the East side of the property. The ground floor of the rear yard will be dropped and the open space area will be designed to include outdoor activities as seating areas, a playground and a series of urban gardens incorporating them into the landscape design of the courtyard.
Upon completion, the building will feature numerous green initiatives, including an approximately 50 KVH Photovoltaic System at the main roof, green roofs on the 8th & 9th Floor’s setbacks, a rainwater harvesting system for irrigation of the landscaped areas, generous fenestration to maximize daylight within the corridors and building envelope, a high-efficiency boiler on the roof, high efficiency PTAC units for cooling of the units, central air for common spaces, low-E thermally broken Energy Star windows, continuous exterior insulation (insulated cavity wall), low or no VOC paints, primers and caulks, water saver faucets and shower heads, CFL& LED lamps throughout, and Kone Ecospec elevators.
The Project is enrolled in the LEED for Homes mid-rise with a target of LEED Platinum certification and in the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program & green Affordable Housing Incentives .