New York Cityâ€™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 Bloombergâ€™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 buildingâ€™s interior and exterior, promoting a positive, healthy environment that inspires creativity.
â€œThis is the type of project that makes us proud on so many levels,â€ said Mathew Wambua, head of the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development. â€œAnd it is exactly the kind of project our communities deserve.â€
The building opened Thursday, February 21, and will soon be filled with residents who are ready to develop a strong, thriving community.