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Boston Road Named a Finalist for ULI NY Awards

Breaking Ground is excited to announce that our Boston Road permanent supportive housing residence, opened earlier this year, is a finalist for the Urban Land Institute of New York’s Awards for Excellence in Development in the Housing Development category.

Boston Road is located in the Morrisania section of the Bronx and is a $48.67 million, 12-story, 90,640 square foot multi-family structure designed by Alexander Gorlin Architects to accommodate the most vulnerable members of society.

Boston Road’s apartments are micro-units, averaging 312-square feet in size, each of which includes a kitchenette and ADA bathroom. Apartments are equipped with most basic furnishings - a bed, table, and chairs - so that those tenants without any possessions, including those entering the building from homelessness - can move in and have a home from day one.

This building includes features not commonly found in multi-family residential structures, especially affordable housing sites. Breaking Ground’s mandate to create a healing, permanent supportive residential environment for formerly homeless adults required inclusion of multiple case management offices on the ground floor as well as communal spaces to encourage socialization and personal growth. The site boasts an 1,100-square-foot multi-purpose room, a computer lab for tenants, an exercise room, a room for bicycle storage, and common laundry facilities. The site also offers a large landscaped courtyard.

1191 Boston Road includes the following important sustainability features: an accessible, engineered green roof of light color to act as a storm water retention system and to reduce heat effect; a highly-efficient HVAC system; natural daylighting penetrating throughout public corridors, offices and other common spaces; deep window jambs to minimize direct sunlight during summer months; energy efficient lighting fixtures and controls; water saving plumbing fixtures; Energy Star appliances; and low volatile organic compound finishes throughout.

Designed by Alexander Gorlin Architects, Boston Road is a beautiful, well-contextualized building that enhances the urban landscape, calling upon the site’s rich history as the location of a farm owned by James Morris, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Colorful metal panels in the façade - in red, blue, and ochre hues - reference both the American flag and the emblem of the Morris family coat of arms. The building, which stands six stories above the surrounding blocks, is set back from the street to downplay its size and designed to have height and mass comparable to other neighborhood landmarks - two Gothic Collegiate-style public high schools and an historic armory.

We are honored that Boston Road has been named a finalist for the 2017 ULI NY Awards for Excellence in Development.