Renderings Revealed for The Eliza, Library & Affordable Housing at 4790 Broadway, Inwood

4790 Broadway4790 Broadway, image by Fogarty Finger

Large developments don’t often come to the blocks of Broadway as it snakes through Upper Manhattan, but today YIMBY has an update on 4790 Broadway, which we first covered back in January of 2017. Since then, the City has moved forward with development plans, selecting Fogarty Finger and Andrew Berman Architects to design the project, now revealed through official renderings.

The building itself will be 14 floors, with the first three holding a library, community center, and pre-K space. Fogarty Finger is behind the affordable housing, which will yield 175 “high-quality” units, while Berman is designing the first three floors, which will total approximately 20,000 square feet.

4790 Broadway

4790 Broadway

In a statement, Chris Fogarty of Fogarty Finger said “We wanted to create a building that tells a story about the residents and the neighborhood, while addressing the shortage of affordable housing. This project offers a timely solution to the needs of the community, and we hope the contemporary design will serve as a community-oriented and interactive space.”

The architects conceived of the project as a variant of the H-shaped apartment buildings which make up the vast proportion of the surrounding neighborhood’s housing stock. The facade will feature “warm beige brick” and “horizontal stone coursing,” promising context within the surrounding neighborhood.

4790 Broadway

4790 Broadway interior, community facility, by Berman Architects

With regards to his involvement, Andrew Berman said that “Libraries are the most important public buildings of our time. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the New York Public Library, HPD and the community of Inwood to design forward-thinking public spaces and resources. The Inwood Public Library will weave together analogue and digital media and a wide variety of programming into a new civic destination that is open, accessible, and adaptable to the current and future needs of the community.”

The full development team behind 4790 Broadway includes the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), Ranger Properties, Alembic Community Development, and the Children’s Village. 

With regards to income requirements, the project will have income caps set between $20,040 – $40,080 for individuals and $34,360 – $51,540 for a household of three. Within the mix, over 20% of all apartments will be affordable to a family of three earning less than $26,000, and a portion of the housing will also be reserved for formerly homeless households.

No completion date came with the design release, however a 2020 estimate would seem reasonable.

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