Located at the Washington Houses, the 143,000-square-foot multifamily development comprises 88 affordable housing units, a 54,000-square-foot home for the DREAM Charter School, and 6,000 square feet of office space for the nonprofit Harlem RBI. The East Harlem Center for Living and Learning project also features a newly renovated Blake Hobbs public park. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the building is expected to received a LEED Gold rating for its use of sustainable systems and materials, which include energy-efficient boilers, low-VOC paint, low-e windows, recycled and locally produced materials, and easy access to public transportation.
The K-8 public charter school includes a full chef’s kitchen, a “gymnatorium” made largely from repurposed wood, and an outdoor area with a garden. The 80,000-square-foot, 11-story affordable housing complex comprises 18 studios, 41 one-bedroom units, 25 two-bedroom units, and four three-bedroom units as well as access to an exercise room, bike storage room, computer room, social service office, laundry facilities, and a landscaped terrace. The affordable housing units are rented through NYC Housing Connect, an Open Lottery System, and are designated for low-income households earning less than 60 percent of the area median income.
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