Development—Harlem, New York

Fortune Castle Gardens

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.

Selected Awards

  • Boston Society of Architects, John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing
  • Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award, Special Needs Housing
  • Multifamily Executive, Project of the Year: Affordable, Merit Award
  • New York State Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) Awards for Excellence, Downstate Project of the Year
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Project Profile

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

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

Completion: 2010

Total Project Size / Budget
110,000 SF
$43.5 million
Total Units
114 Affordable Units
LEED-NC Certification