Organization Name: The Community Builders
Project Title: The Villas at the Ridgeway
Project Location: Yonkers, NY
The third phase of an effort to redevelop outdated public housing in Yonkers, this project has four groups of townhouses, (31 in total) which comprise 70 new duplex units (26 two-bedrooms, 35 three-bedrooms and 9 four-bedrooms). Because of the site’s topography, many of the apartments have views of the Hudson River and Palisades off to the west. The large windows also bring natural light into the interiors adding a serene grace to the double-height living areas. The scale of the buildings reflect that of the housing development that these townhomes replaced as well as those of the homes in the immediate vicinity. Exterior material choices and colors also correspond to the to the community’s context and architectural vernacular ensuring that this new set of buildings feels appropriate within the neighborhood. This phase was designed to accommodate the relocation of larger families from the former Cottage Place Gardens site. The product of a partnership between The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) and the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers (MHACY), the MAP designed buildings will be LEED certified.
The development is mixed-income and will include housing for families earning less than 30% AMI, less than 50% AMI, less than 60% AMI, and without income restrictions. It dovetails with the goals of numerous local plans, including the Yonkers Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan and Warburton-Ravine URA, which both identified the redevelopment of Cottage Place Gardens as central to the revitalization of Southwest Yonkers.
The new homes will serve to re-invigorate pedestrian activity along Warburton Avenue and Willow Place by providing new sidewalks, street trees, and site lighting. This will help connect both new and old residents to their neighborhood and to the striking landscape so close by, creating a renewed sense of place.
The Community Builders is one of America’s leading nonprofit real estate developers and owners. TCB’s mission is to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. Established in 1964, TCB has constructed or preserved hundreds of affordable and mixed-income developments and secured billions of dollars in financing from public and private sources. TCB currently owns or manages over 11,000 units and has developed or invested in over 885,000 square feet of commercial space across 14 states and Washington D.
Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP), JoDi Realty, LLC, LMW Engineering Group, Johnson & Urban, Philip Habib & Associates, Terrain-NYC, United Spinal