Park Haven Ribbon Cutting

MAny people get ready to cut a red ribbon in front of a building.
(L-R) Kirsten Shaw, LIIF Susan McCann, The Community Builders Rev. Marlyn Rojas-Mendoza, Thessalonica Christian Church Greg Hale, NYSERDA Ruth Moreira, NYC Housing Development Corporation Eileen Torres, BronxWorks (center) Greg Maher, Leviticus Fund Desiree Andrepont, Community Builders Bart Mitchell, The Community Builders Ross Clarke, The Corporation for Supportive Housing

On November 1, BronxWorks participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for Park Haven Apartments, a 178-unit affordable housing development in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx.

The Park Haven building exterior
The Park Haven Building

Fifty of these units are designated as permanent housing for chronically homeless families and individuals. The instatement of this development was made possible by The Community Builders (TCB), the NYC Department of Housing Prevention and Development (HPD), and the NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC). BronxWorks will partner with the project to provide onsite social services, including workforce development.

Two women stand inside a new apartment, smiling.
Shauna Barry, Program Director for BronxWorks Park Haven, poses with Wanda, a resident, in Wanda’s new apartment.

TCB is a nonprofit real estate developer whose goal is to build and sustain strong communities. They work with community partners to develop, finance, and operate residential communities and award-winning, affordable, and mixed-income communities throughout the United States. Park Haven is TCB’s first of its kind in the New York City area.

A man speaks at a podium.
Bart Mitchell, President & CEO of The Community Buliders, speaks at the ribbon cutting.

The new ten story, 180,000-square foot building includes studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units. All units are available for families and individuals with incomes up to 80% of the Area Median Income, and they include access to amenities such as a wellness center, resident lounge, children’s play area, and onsite laundry.

A woman speaks at a podium.
Eileen Torres, Executive Director of BronxWorks, speaks at the ribbon cutting.

BronxWorks is providing onsite services to residents, funded through an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) grant awarded by the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). 7,000 square feet of the building’s ground floor is reserved for BronxWorks Workforce Development programs. An additional 14,000 square feet provides space for a Food Retail Expansion to Support Health Programs (FRESH) grocery store.

Four women stand in front of a building.
(L-R) Shali Sharma, Department Director, Supportive Housing and Health Policy, BronxWorks; Betty Ann Tamaisar, Department Director, Workforce Development, BronxWorks; Marie Edwards, Assistant Department Director, Workforce Development, BronxWorks; Shauna Barry, Program Director, Park Haven, BronxWorks

The project supports 70 permanent full and part-time jobs, which will expand economic opportunity in the community, as will the provision of BronxWorks Workforce Development programs. Supportive developments, such as the new development at Park Haven, are increasingly essential to the community as it continues to recover from the pandemic.

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