A new affordable housing project for seniors has opened at 2850 Webster Avenue in Jerome Park, The Bronx, where developers and city officials recently joined for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Located next to The New York Botanical Garden, the 12-story building was completed by Douglaston Development and designed by Stephen B. Jacobs Group.
All of the building’s 188 apartments will be reserved for low-income seniors earning up to 50 percent area median income. The ground floor of the property also contains a 12,000-square-foot Cherry Valley supermarket.
Occupants will have access to on-site social services for residents provided through Fordham Bedford Community Services and complimentary resident memberships to The New York Botanical Garden.
The building at 2850 Webster Avenue is the first phase in a two-building affordable housing development. The second, already under construction, is located at 2868 Webster Avenue and will also have a Cherry Valley supermarket on the ground floor and 277 affordable apartments.
“After a decade of collaboration with community stakeholders, elected officials, and Douglaston Development, we are thrilled to welcome our newest neighbors to The New York Botanical Garden,” said Jennifer Bernstein, CEO and The William C. Steere Sr. President of The New York Botanical Garden. “With more than 40 percent of seniors in the Bronx being rent-burdened, the importance of affordable senior housing like 2850 Webster Avenue cannot be overstated, and NYBG is proud to help address this citywide need.”
No construction timeline has been announced for the second property.