The five buildings of the Kelly Street rehabilitation development, located in the Hunts Point-Longwood section of the Bronx, had been included in the Department of Housing and Preservations notorious list of the ‘200 worst’ residential buildings in all of New York City.

Today, these rejuvenated buildings provide safe havens for neighborhood residents in a unique blend of 81 units of affordable housing and community sustained agriculture.

Work on the buildings includes the extensive rehabilitation of all apartments and public spaces, restoration of building envelopes for weatherization, roof replacement, structural repairs to wall and floor construction, and a complete overhauled of the plumbing, heating and electrical systems.

Apartment fixtures and finishes were replaced with nontoxic materials and high efficiency lighting compliant with Green Communities criteria. A green roof was designed to provide the building with natural insulation and control the flow of water to the already overburdened sewer system.

The project was awarded a grant from the New York Department of Environmental Protection for the extensive water control measures used in the rehabilitation of the buildings and gardens, which contribute to the improvement of the water quality in New York Harbor.

With the assistance of local non-profits GrowNYC and Banana Kelly, Kelly Street Gardens was transformed into a demonstration farm. The garden features raised planting beds, porous paving, a composting system and most recently, a greenhouse. Rain water from the two roofs is collected in tanks to irrigate the planting beds.

Kelly Street Garden has become a community asset that residents can now use to grow fresh produce in a neighborhood lacking healthy food sources while rebuilding a sense of community. The garden together with safe, healthy, affordable apartments have helped to create a positive transformation on this once troubled block.



Workforce Housing Advisors
Bronx, NY
Completed 2013
5 buildings
81 apartments

Abraham Joselow, PE, PC
Monadnock Construction
Notias Construction

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