2016-11-02 / Features

Breaking Ground On New Senior Housing In Corona


Artist’s rendering of HANAC’s Corona Senior Residence, a new 68-unit affordable housing apartment building for seniors designed by think! Architecture and Design. Artist’s rendering of HANAC’s Corona Senior Residence, a new 68-unit affordable housing apartment building for seniors designed by think! Architecture and Design. NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, and the Department of City Planning joined the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee (HANAC), Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), LiveOn NY, Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and community members on the morning of October 25 for the groundbreaking of HANAC’s Corona Senior Residence, a new 68-unit affordable housing apartment building for seniors designed by think! Architecture and Design. Located at 54-17 101st Street in Corona, the building will meet the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Standards for Energy Star Certification as well as the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, and will also be the first affordable senior housing development in the United States to meet the Passive House Institute design standards. All apartments will be income-restricted with the exception of a superintendent’s unit, with 21 units reserved for vulnerable seniors. The building is being constructed by Bruno Frustaci Contracting and will open in the spring of 2018.

The construction of this building was financed under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York: a Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan. The plan aims to finance the creation and preservation of 200,000 affordable homes to create more opportunities for all New Yorkers.

HANAC’s Corona Senior Residence will retain a Social Service Coordinator to manage a supportive services program, and HANAC will implement a health screening program to prevent avoidable hospitalizations and boost health outcomes for senior residents. In addition, the residence will create an intergenerational community, with a preschool constructed by the School Construction Authority, a shared rear yard with a vegetable garden, seating and tables for residents, and a children’s natural play area.

Borough President Katz said, “...the Corona Senior Residence is a model development that will set the standard for future efforts to provide affordable and supportive senior housing in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.”

Part of the Willets Point development project’s community benefits agreement brokered by Council Member Ferreras-Copeland in 2013, the $35 million Passive House residence was funded in part by $12.8 million in Low- Income Housing Tax Credit equity from HPD syndicated by Enterprise Community Investment. Other funding sources included a construction loan from JP Morgan Chase, a permanent loan from NYCERS, as well as funds from Ferreras-Copeland, the Queens Borough President’s Office, and the office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Further, all apartments will receive rent subsidy through HPD’s Senior Affordable Rental Apartments (SARA) program, which ensures that the tenants’ rents remain affordable. By meeting rigorous Passive House standards, the development will substantially limit its energy consumption by approximately 75%, resulting in lower utility bills for tenants and lower operating costs for owners, helping keep the building affordable for the seniors it serves.

The new structure will be the first affordable housing site built in Corona in over 30 years.

“I am proud to join HANAC and all our partners to bring affordable senior housing to our community. Too many seniors pay too much of their income in rent, and we must work to address this problem across our district and city,” said Ferreras-Copeland.

“In a borough where 31% of residents pay 50 percent or more of their income on rent, more work is needed to keep Queens affordable, especially for the most vulnerable populations,” said John P. Kaiteris, Executive Director, HANAC.

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