The Upper West Side doesn’t often see major new residential developments, especially of the affordable variety, which is why HPD’s plans for 145 West 108th Street, on behalf of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, are somewhat surprising. Dattner Architects will be designing, and today, YIMBY has the first images of what the two-building project will look like.
HPD applied for the permits, which show an 11-story building with a total construction area of 192,853 square feet. Within that, there will be 160,453 square feet of community facility space, divided between 40 “Class B” dwelling units, and 155 “Class A” dwelling units. There will also be space for a “philanthropic institution” with additional beds.
With the vague language on the filing and the residences falling under community facility use, it would seem the “affordable” housing may also include space for a homeless shelter (i.e., supportive housing), within the Class B dwelling units, and the beds designated for use by the philanthropic institution. An ambulatory healthcare center in the cellar will also cater to the needs of residents.
Community activism against new homeless shelters is generally quite intense, which is typically why developers end up converting hotels into shelters. 145 West 108th Street seems to be one of the first outright supportive housing projects proposed on the Upper West Side in quite some time.
While we don’t have color renderings for the project, diagrams submitted to the city give an idea of its exterior and overall envelope. The buildings will front directly onto the sidewalk, enhancing the streetwall, but beyond that, details are unclear.
Unfortunately, the “surprise” supportive housing and ambulatory center combo are likely to generate animosity within the local community, though catering to the needs of New York’s most vulnerable is more important. It would still be beneficial if a comprehensive plan for housing the 65,000 citizens who lack proper accommodations could be created by local leaders, but for the moment, piecemeal shelters of a few dozen units apiece, regardless of NIMBY outrage, are seemingly the goal.
No completion date has been announced yet.