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White Plains Housing Authority Breaks Ground on Phase I of New Affordable Housing Project

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On Friday, April 11th, the White Plains Housing Authority will break ground on The Prelude, the first phase of a neighborhood revitalization project of the Brookfield Commons campus.

The Prelude, rising on the corner of South Lexington Ave. and Quarropas Street, includes 104 new affordable housing apartments, and a 13,500 square foot community center.  It is the first phase in the redevelopment of Brookfield Commons (previously named Winbrook Campus), 450 public housing units built in 1949.  The cost for this first phase will be $42.18 million. The future phases will replace all of the older, out of date towers with new, green mixed income buildings, planned so that the current residents will never have to move off site.

After its initial work to conceive of and master plan the transformation of its campus in 2009, the White Plains Housing Authority selected the Jonathan Rose Companies as its development partner.   Financing has been provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York State Housing Finance Agency, Division of Housing and Community Renewal, the City of White Plains, Westchester County, Bank of America, and NY State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The Prelude’s 104 affordable housing units will consist of 34 one-bedroom, 44 two-bedroom, and 25 three-bedroom units and one super’s unit on nine of the building’s 10 stories.

The entire project will be built to achieve Enterprise Green Communities designation for energy-efficiency and healthy environments and will participate in NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program. The building will reduce its residents’ projected energy use by 15 percent and conserve water.

The Prelude’s scheduled completion date is summer 2015.  The White Plains Housing Authority will not displace any current residents during the move to the new building.

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