This week, developers and city officials celebrated the official opening of 22 South West, a new mixed-income affordable housing complex in Mount Vernon, New York. Designed by Humphreys & Partners Urban Architecture, the $95 million mixed-use development comprises 4,200 square feet of ground-floor retail and office space, 189 apartments, and 149 sub-grade parking spaces.
Located at 22 South West Street, the 17-story building is about one block away from the Bronx River waterfront and is connected by several major thoroughfares including the Bronx River Parkway, as well as the Metro-North Railroad’s Mount Vernon West train station.
“I am so proud of our city that we can shepherd a project of this nature into existence and truly begin the renaissance that Mount Vernon deserves,” said Mount Vernon mayor Shawn Patterson-Howard. “Bringing new jobs, new residents, and transit-oriented development to our city is going to improve the quality of life for every Mount Vernon resident. We are proud to see people taking advantage of the incredible opportunities that we have here, particularly our new Transit Oriented Zoning District.”
According to Rella Fogliano, CEO of MacQuesten Development, the residences at 22 South West, “blur the lines” between market-rate residences and what is typically expected of affordable housing developments. Amenities include an outdoor rooftop event space, an indoor recreation area, a communal clubhouse with a fireplace, a fitness center, and an attended lobby with an Amazon hub for package drop-off and returns.
Each apartment features spacious cooking and dining areas, large bathrooms, and energy efficient appliances throughout. The building is also expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.
“22 South West has it all: affordability, luxury, and easy commuting,” Fogliano said. “Along with the State of New York and our other partners in government and the private sectors, we are helping to prove that Mount Vernon’s best days are still ahead.”
The mix of units include 32 reserved for individuals and families at 50 percent area median income. An additional block of 99 units will be rented to individuals and families earning 60 percent area income. Above these levels, 27 units will be reserved for individuals and families at 80 percent area median income, and a final block of 30 units at 110 percent area median income. There is also one revenue-free unit for an on-site superintendent.