Hanac Corona Senior Residence

WINNER   |  Best in Green Affordable Multifamily Community

Best in Green Affordable Multifamily Community

Nominated By:      HANAC
Location:               Corona, N.Y.

Project Statement:

The HANAC Corona Senior Residence goes above and beyond in responding to New York's demand for safe and affordable housing through innovative and sustainable building design. The eight-story building in Corona, N.Y., provides 67 affordable apartment units to low-income seniors, including 21 units set aside for formerly homeless seniors. The building features community spaces on the first and fifth floors, onsite social service and property management offices. Residents enjoy access to a private rear garden on the ground level. The project fosters an intergenerational community through the inclusion of a pre-kindergarten on the ground floor, administered by the New York City School Construction Authority, which provides 54 slots for students. Incorporating sustainability criteria throughout the project has allowed for lower energy costs for both tenants and the building's operations, and created a healthier and more comfortable living space for tenants. The project was designed following Passive House, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Multifamily Performance Program and Enterprise Green Community criteria. Financing for the HANAC Corona Senior Residence comprised a combination of 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), private construction and permanent financing from CHASE, public financing from the NYC Department of Housing Development and Preservation's (HPD) Senior Affordable Rental Apartments (SARA) program, and capital funds allocated by the Queens Borough President, New York City Council and New York State attorney general's office. This funding would not have been available without significant community support for the project. Additionally, project-based Section 8 vouchers and LIHTC ensure long-term affordability for seniors. Funding for onsite social services for tenants, especially those transitioning from homelessness, is provided through the New York City Human Resources Administration's (HRA) Senior Affordable Housing Tenant Services program.

Developer:                           HANAC

Architect:                           Think! Architecture and Design

General Contractor:      Bruno Frustaci Contracting

Photographer:                  Alexander Severin Architectural Photography

Project Website:              Hanac Corona Senior Residence