New affordable housing opportunities in Richmond Hill
by Andrew Shilling
May 30, 2014 | 510 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Following a multi-agency effort from both the city and state, a new seven-story 117-unit affordable housing development and six-story 65-unit senior residency are now open and fully operational in Richmond Hill.

Both the Richmond Place and Richmond Hill Senior Living Residence, located at 129-11 Jamaica Avenue, were unveiled last week.

Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz said he is proud to see such a diverse range of housing opportunities now available in the community.

“The need for affordable housing is among the highest priorities for our city, and this development will provide many eligible seniors and low-income families with the means to live and contribute in this neighborhood,” Simanowitz said. “It is this kind of partnership that we should continue to encourage for the betterment of all city residents.”

After an environmental remediation of the former commercial laundry facility and auto repair shop, the location is now home to 182 new units aimed at a wide range of income brackets.

Richmond Place, completed in the summer of 2013, offers 13 studio, 28 one-bedroom, 68 two-bedroom and seven three-bedroom apartments.

Three of the units are aimed at the 50 percent Area Median Income (AMI) level – no more than $41,500 annual income for a family of four – while the remaining affordable apartments are for families earning up to 60 percent AMI, or no more than $49,800 annually for a family of four.

The Richmond Hill Senior Living Center has 59 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom apartments aimed at adults over 62 years old earning no more than 60 percent AMI, or $34,860 for an individual.

“This celebration marks the culmination of a comprehensive, thoughtful, and concerted effort to bring this blighted site back to life and transform this section of Richmond Hill into a lively, diverse community,” said Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Bean.

The buildings are also energy efficient with improvements like solar panels that will cut down on energy usage.

“Multifamily buildings offer great potential for energy savings,” said John Rhodes, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “This project provides benefits not only for the residents of these buildings but for the community at large.”

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