Jonathan Rose Companies
 
Fortune Castle Gardens
Harlem, New York

Jonathan Rose Companies was selected by the Fortune Society as their co-developer for a new residential building in Harlem following the firm’s successful completion of a zoning and feasibility study for the development. Located at 625 West 140th Street, the new building is adjacent to the not-for-profit Fortune Academy, a nationally recognized residence for homeless individuals with a history of incarceration.

The new 11-story building allows the Fortune Society to greatly expand its existing programs and transitional housing opportunities by offering permanent housing to its clients and other low-income residents. In addition to residences, the new building also includes 20,000 square feet of office, meeting, and community space to house supportive service programs for the residents.

With input and support from the local community board, the project received key funding to develop 114 units of affordable rental housing, including 50 studio units for formerly incarcerated residents. All units are designated for residents earning below 60% of area median income, while rental subsidies through Section 8 and NY/NY III make many of the units affordable to residents with little or no income.

The project follows rigorous green design standards, and has LEED-NC Gold Certification. It also has participated in programs from Enterprise Green Communities and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). An extensive green roof features a rain water harvesting system and allows residents to take advantage of unobstructed views of the Hudson River.
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Firm Role
Planner and Co-Developer with The Fortune Society, Inc.

Project Profile
New construction of 114 affordable and supportive housing units and 20,000 sq. ft. of program/ community space

Project Team
Architect: Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, LP
Landscape Architect: EDAW, Inc.
Contractor: Lettire Construction Corp.

Total Project Size / Budget
110,000 square feet / $43.5 million

Completion
2010


Selected Awards
Boston Society of Architects, John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing, 2011

Multifamily Executive, Project of the Year: Affordable, Merit Award, 2011

New York State Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) Awards for Excellence, Downstate Project of the Year, 2011 

Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award, Special Needs Housing, 2011