YIMBY took the A train uptown yesterday afternoon to check out the progress at 2142 Amsterdam Avenue, a supportive housing project by the Community League of the Heights that’s nearing completion.
The Washington Heights building was designed by Samir Shah’s Urban Quotient and will, per his website, “provide housing and supportive services for adults with serious mental illness who are at risk of chronic homelessness.” Of the 44 units, 26 will be studios for participants in a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene program, 17 will be studios for low-income residents from the community, and one will be reserved for an on-site building superintendent.
“It’s a project in which there’s a bit of filtering of the outside environment,” Shah told YIMBY, and the building’s design reflects that. “We worked with the concept of a sponge,” he said, to come up with façade panels with a somewhat cellular structure, which have yet to be installed.
“We wanted to reflect the vibrancy of the neighborhood,” he continued, “but at the same time it’s a humble building that doesn’t need to make a statement. But within those constraints we wanted to provide some variability,” resulting in the façade panels, designed by Urban Quotient and constructed by Brooklyn-based metal fabricator Milgo Bufkin, which will provide some texture to the otherwise staid and clean brick building.
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