The Doe Fund has received Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Muller Residences, a four-story affordable and supportive housing development for veterans. Located at 555 Nereid Avenue in The Bronx’s Wakefield neighborhood, the 51,000-square-foot building brings 90 units of affordable and supportive housing to the local community, with 54 residences allocated for formerly homeless military veterans. MHG Architects is responsible for the design.
“New York City’s recovery has been a wonder to behold, but we must ensure that it is shared by everyone,” said John McDonald, executive vice president of Real Estate at The Doe Fund. “That means addressing the housing crisis by providing vulnerable New Yorkers with a place to call home. It means improving public safety by alleviating the root causes of crime: poverty, lack of opportunity, and mental illness. Muller will uplift individuals, families, and veterans struggling to escape homelessness after bravely serving our country. With comprehensive, onsite social services, tenants will have access to the support they need to live with dignity and stability.”
The site is a former Army Reserve center that once manufactured torpedo gyroscopes, and was acquired by The Doe Fund in September 2013 from the federal government. The non-profit’s redevelopment plan consisted of a gut overhaul to better meet local community needs, revitalize the property, and create affordable housing and new community spaces. The remaining 35 affordable units will be rented to low-income residents, with one unit reserved for a live-in superintendent.
On-site supportive services for tenants include comprehensive case management, health care support, job preparedness, employment training, and drug and alcohol prevention. Amenities include 24-hour staffed security, a private yard, a laundry room, bike storage, a 123-seat auditorium for community events, an exercise room, a basketball court, and energy-efficient appliances in the residences.
Muller Residences will begin accepting tenants later this month.