Castle Gardens II
-Multifamily Executive, Project of the Year: Affordable, Merit Award, 2011
-New York State Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) Awards for Excellence, Downstate Project of the Year, 2011
-Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award, Special Needs Housing, 2011
Lettire Construction Corp was selected by co-developers Fortune Society and Jonathan Rose Companies as the builder for a new residential building in Harlem. Located at 625 West 140th Street, the new building is adjacent to the not-for-profit Fortune Academy, a nationally recognized residence for homeless individuals with a history of incarceration.
The new 11-story building allows the Fortune Society to greatly expand its existing programs and transitional housing opportunities by offering permanent housing to its clients and other low-income residents. In addition to residences, the new building also includes 20,000 square feet of office, meeting, and community space to house supportive service programs for the residents.
With input and support from the local community board, the project received key funding to develop 114 units of affordable rental housing, including 50 studio units for formerly incarcerated residents. All units are designated for residents earning below 60% of area median income, while rental subsidies through Section 8 and NY/NY III make many of the units affordable to residents with little or no income.
The project follows rigorous green design standards, seeking LEED-NC Gold Certification, as well as participating in programs from Enterprise Green Communities and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). An extensive green roof features a rain water harvesting system and allows residents to take advantage of unobstructed views of the Hudson River.