Gianaris Honored At Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
On April 20, a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of state Senator Michael Gianaris was held at the George T. Douris Tower, a new affordable housing facility for low-income seniors located at 27-40 Hoyt Avenue South, Astoria. The Tower’s terrace was named the “Honorable Michael Gianaris East Terrace” as a tribute to his work and support for additional affordable housing for senior members of the Astoria community, such as the housing provided by the Douris Tower project. The Douris Tower features 183 one-bedroom apartments for seniors earning up to 58 percent of area median income (currently $32,132 for a single person). The building also includes a senior center, integrating services and amenities such as exercise, meditation, arts and crafts, computer and conference rooms and a library that provide a supportive environment for seniors in the community. Built according to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, the only comprehensive green building framework for affordable housing, it is an Enterprise Green Communities-certified project. The senior residence includes advanced green features throughout the building. The landscaping features climate sensitive trees and plants, specially designed to increase the building’s energy efficiency, reduce heat island effect, control storm water runoff and create green space for residents to enjoy, including a green roof. The building features water-conserving plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, solar lighting, recycled content materials, low-VOC paints and adhesives, and a Green label carpet. Additionally, the Tower received NYSERDA certification for energy efficiency. Pictured with Gianaris are HANAC Executive Director John Kaiteris and HANAC Chairman of the Board of Directors Evangeline Douris.