Arbor House in the Bronx Provides a Green Community for Low-Income Residents


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New York City’s new Arbor House, a green building located in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx, is a $37.7 million project designed as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, which has a goal of providing 165,000 affordable housing units in the city by 2014.

Built by Blue Sea Development, the eight-story building includes 124 apartments for low-income households, a rooftop hydroponic farm that provides fresh produce, and indoor and outdoor fitness areas to help promote exercise in an area with extreme obesity and asthma rates. Art and music are plentiful throughout the building’s interior and exterior, promoting a positive, healthy environment that inspires creativity.

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“This is the type of project that makes us proud on so many levels,” said Mathew Wambua, head of the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development. “And it is exactly the kind of project our communities deserve.”

The building opened Thursday, February 21, and will soon be filled with residents who are ready to develop a strong, thriving community.


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