The inaugural project of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s HomeStretch program, Reaching New Heights combines 135 units of affordable housing with a 200-bed homeless shelter. The two lower levels are occupied by the shelter, and the upper seven floors offer permanent housing. Located at the edge of the University Heights neighborhood in the Bronx and overlooking upper Manhattan, the Harlem River, and the Fordham Landing Playground, Landing Road provides a vibrant and welcoming environment for residents and clients. As the first ground-up shelter for the NYC Department of Homeless Services in 30 years, the building reflects the leading edge in workforce shelter architecture. The shelter includes 20-person dorms with en-suite bath and laundry facilities, multiple circulation paths, and clear sight lines for safety. The housing is oriented to take advantage of the sloping site, providing dramatic views of upper Manhattan and the Harlem River. Select units have economically constructed bay windows that enhance the studio units while creating a vibrant facade. It also features a visually striking solar panel array for energy efficiency. The Community Room and support offices in the lower level of the Residential portion provide employment services and training opportunities. The vibrant and dynamic building is well maintained; residents are proud of their homes and their community. Reaching New Heights Residence and the Apartments at Landing Road is a good neighbor to the community providing a model of affordable housing to be replicated throughout the city.

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