Last week, developer Bronx Pro Group filed plans for an affordable, senior housing development that would replace an abandoned church at 1017 Home Street, in a South Bronx neighborhood known as Foxhurst.
Designed by Body Lawson Associates, the eight-story building will have energy-efficient features and aim for LEED gold status. The architects hope to add solar panels to the roof and use energy recovery ventilators for some of the building’s ventilation system. The whole structure will be constructed out of prefabricated six- to eight-inch steel studs, which can be assembled much more efficiently than traditional masonry construction. The steel panels also offer several inches of space that can be filled with extra insulation, which also helps the building trap heat during the winter and cool air during the summer, reducing energy costs.
Unfortunately, individual rooms will be outfitted with PTACs—an outdated heating and cooling system that drives up energy costs and makes the building facade a bit more unattractive.
The finished building will have 63 apartments, and the typical unit will weigh in around 550 square feet. Apartments will be a mix of studios and one-bedrooms, plus a two-bedroom for the superintendent. Thirty percent of the units will rent to formerly homeless seniors, and the rest will go to low-income elderly tenants. There will also be a 3,400-square-foot community facility space on the ground floor.
The development will incorporate schist from the church’s facade in the backyard, and the architects plan to build furniture for the common areas out of salvaged wood beams from the chapel ceiling.
Bronx Pro Group is developing the project. They picked up the site at the corner of Home Street and West Farms Road for $850,000 last December.