In December of last year, The Cooperator reported on the Open Door initiative, a part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's 'Housing New York 2.0' plan to promote affordable housing. Open Door aims to fund construction of co-ops and condos for first-time purchasers with income from $69,000 to $112,000 annually.
Last March, the first building to be constructed under the auspice of the initiative officially broke ground. The project represents a collaboration between real estate developer Almat Group and Habitat for Humanity. As reported by Curbed, Sydney House, a 56-unit co-op at 839-841 Tilden Street in the Williamsbridge neighborhood in the Bronx, will offer (26) one-, (24) two-, and (6) three-bedroom units, with the smallest starting out at $188,823, and the largest spaces topping out at $326,000. Among the building’s amenities will be a green roof, parking, and an on-site laundry.
According to a press release from the co-developers, Sydney House will represent “one of the largest multifamily developments ever built by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate,” with building amenities including laundry, storage spaces, parking for both vehicles and bikes, and a green roof. The units will remain under the affordable classification for up to 40 years.
“Today’s [March 16] groundbreaking marks the beginning of the largest multi-family building ever undertaken by Habitat for Humanity anywhere in the world,” said Habitat for Humanity New York City CEO Karen Haycox.
“Owning your own home can be life changing, which is why we are committed to making sure this dream is within the reach of more New Yorkers,” said Maria Torres-Springer, commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, in a news statement. “Through projects like Sydney House, and our new Open Door program, we will finance the construction of 1,300 new affordable homes as part of Housing New York 2.0, the Mayor’s expanded and accelerated plan to create and preserve 300,000 affordable homes by 2026.”
Specific per-unit pricing at the property is currently unavailable, as the project remains in the earliest stages of development and construction. Nor is it clear to which income bracket of New York City residents the units will be available. But it is important to note that Sydney House is nearly equidistant from both a Little Caesar's and a Pizza Hut, a perk one would be hard-pressed to find in Manhattan, where those beloved chains are woefully underrepresented.
Mike Odenthal is a staff writer at The Cooperator.