Acquisitions—Harlem, New York

107-145 West 135th Street

In December 2008, Rose Smart Growth Investment Fund acquired 198 units of affordable housing and approximately 4,500 square feet of ground floor retail at 107-145 West 135th Street in New York's Harlem neighborhood. The property consists of 10 neighboring six-story elevator buildings. It was refinanced in December 2009 to provide funding for property renovations.

The property is located directly across the street from the historic Harlem YMCA and in close proximity to the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem Hospital and a MTA 2/3 Subway station.

The Fund rehabilitated the property with a green capital investment program to create an apartment community that is more energy efficient and healthier for residents while preserving much needed affordable housing for the community. Renovations were completed with tenants inplace.

The scope of the multi-million dollar capital improvement program consisted of unit renovations and base building improvements focused on improving energy efficiency, enhancing tenants' quality of life, and improving indoor air quality. The project was the first in the nation to benefit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Green Retrofit Program using federal stimulus funds. Additional renovation funding was provided by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The Fund utilized Enterprise's Green Communities Criteria and is pursuing a LEED rating for the property.

In mid-2009, the Fund worked with HUD to obtain a 15-year contract renewal to preserve the affordability of the project long-term.

Selected Awards

  • Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Developments of Distinction Award: Innovative HUD Financing, Honorable Mention
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“...A comprehensive energy retrofit project that...will enhance quality of life for the residents, reduce energy costs, cut water consumption, improve indoor air quality, and create quality local jobs.”

Nancy Sutley

Former Chair of the White House Council on Environmental

Project Profile

Preservation and greening of 100% affordable section 8 housing

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Project Status

Acquired: 2010

Total Project Size / Budget
163,500 sq ft
$49.9 million
Total Units
100 Section 8 Units