Andrew Goodwin

Affordable Sugar Hill Housing Complex Aims to Be a Model of Urban Renewal in Harlem

by , 02/07/13

David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates, Harlem, Sugar Hill, Affordable Housing, New York City, Broadway Housing Communities,

Adjaye Associates‘ 13-story Sugar Hill housing complex is currently under construction in Harlem and, when complete, will bring 124 affordable housing units, a children’s museum, and an early education center to the neighborhood. Powered by funds from city, state and federal organizations, as well as from private investments, the building is hoped to invigorate the local community and act as a green model of urban renewal.


David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates, Harlem, Sugar Hill, Affordable Housing, New York City, Broadway Housing Communities,

The Sugar Hill housing complex is another example of David Adjaye’s focus on social responsibility-driven architecture. Adjaye continues to promote socially and culturally important issues through his designs such as the African-American Smithsonian Museum and the Stephen Lawrence Centre, and the Sugar Hill housing complex is no different. In addition to the residences, the new Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling will act to boost creativity and community for the area by telling the neighborhood’s history, which is full of stories from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.

Though it’s uncertain whether or not the building will push for any green certifications, it will certainly revitalize an under-utilized urban site and help bring positive change to the community.

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  1. afallon February 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Hello Andrew! We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the Sugar Hill development’s Green initiatives. The Sugar Hill development has been accepted into the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Multifamily Performance Program and will attain no less than a Silver LEED for Homes certification. Green elements include low-flow fixtures and toilets, energy star appliances, efficient lighting, construction waste management, green roof, low/No-VOC paints and primers, adhesives and sealants, mold prevention, integrated pest management and dedication to selecting healthy building materials.

    If you have any questions about the Sugar Hill development or any of Broadway Housing Communities’ other community-focused housing sites or programs, please feel free to email us or visit us at http://www.broadwayhousing.org


    Abraham Francis-Fallon
    Director of Information and Communication Systems
    Broadway Housing Communities
    afallon@broadwayhousing.org