This week, developers and city officials celebrated the official opening of Camber Property Group‘s new affordable senior housing development in Harlem. The Dr. Joan O. Dawson Plaza, formerly known as Victory Plaza, is a 100-percent affordable complex with 136 units developed by Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) in partnership with Camber. The building was renamed in honor of Dr. Joan O. Dawson, the longtime chair of the Board of Directors at HCCI. Although residents began moving into the development in February, the official ribbon cutting was delayed until now.
“Today’s ribbon cutting is a celebration of all the hard work that went into planning and executing this important new development, and I am happy to be a part of it,” said Rick Gropper, principal and co-founder of Camber Property Group. “As our city rebuilds and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that we ensure that all New Yorkers—including our seniors—can remain in the city they hold so dear. Projects like the Dr. Joan O. Dawson Plaza represent the future of New York City, and Camber is as committed as ever to that future.”
Located at 11 West 118th Street, the nine-story building designed by Aufgang Architects features 81 units set aside for low-income seniors and 55 homes for formerly homeless seniors. Residential amenities include a landscaped outdoor recreation area, fitness center, programmed community space, laundry, and bicycle parking. On-site social services are provided by HCCI and include financial security, health, and isolation prevention.
To develop Dr. Joan O. Dawson Plaza, Camber partnered with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development, the New York City Housing Development Corporation, and HCCI. The $65 million project was also financed by Wells Fargo.