The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has selected Asland Capital Partners, Breaking Ground, Douglaston Development, and SLM Architecture to complete a major rehabilitation project at Sack Wern Houses, a seven-building complex in the Soundview section of The Bronx.
Constructed in 1941, the complex sits between Seward and Lafayette Avenue, with frontage along Croes Avenue and Noble Avenue. In recent years, residents at Sack Wern Houses have been plagued by deficient infrastructure, rodent intrusions, mold, and persistent leaks. Leading up to the rehabilitation project, tenants have filed hundreds of complaints with the city agency.
Renovations will include new flooring and upgraded kitchens, upgrades to plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, and new lighting, security cameras, and door access panels to enhance building security. The project team will also renovate building common spaces, hallways, and laundry facilities.
The cost per apartment rehab is estimated at $234,000.
“The partnership at this development demonstrates exactly the kind of creative approach this administration is taking to advance complex, expensive revitalization projects,” said New York City mayor Eric Adams. “Resident voices have been front and center every step of the way, and the result is going to be significantly improved quality of life for all the residents of Sack Wern Houses.”
When complete, Breaking Ground will provide on-site social services and community programming for residents.
Levine Builders will oversee construction, which is scheduled to begin fall 2023 after an inspection of the buildings is conducted. Residents will also have a chance to voice their opinions on proposed apartment finishes.
“We are incredibly pleased and proud to be entrusted with improving the lives of the over 800 residents of Sack Wern Houses through our partnership with NYCHA and resident leaders,” said James H. Simmons, III, CEO of Asland Capital Partners. “NYCHA’s proven process centers on resident and community engagement and prioritizes essential social services in addition to sorely needed physical repairs and upgrades, which together will make Sack Wern Houses the high-quality affordable development that its residents deserve.”