On Tuesday, October 29th, Breaking Ground and our partners at Comunilife Inc. were delighted to celebrate the opening of our new supportive residence at La Central in the Melrose section of the Bronx. The first building to open in the large-scale mixed-use La Central development, our supportive residence provides 161 units of permanent supportive and affordable housing for individuals who are exiting homelessness and low-income New Yorkers in need of an affordable apartment.
“Breaking Ground is committed to keeping the Bronx affordable,” said Brenda Rosen, President and CEO of Breaking Ground. “For nearly a decade, we have been proud members of the South Bronx community, providing housing for the borough’s most vulnerable residents. We are extremely pleased to be part of the transformative La Central development working with our trusted partner Comunilife to create a vibrant new district in the neighborhood and ensure that low-income and homeless individuals have a place to call home.”
"We are thrilled that 97 formerly homeless persons and 63 low-income New Yorkers will call this beautiful Residence their home,” said Rosa M.Gil, DSW, President and CEO, Comunilife Inc. “I am confident that the services provided with funding from City and State agencies will help our tenants lead happy and stable lives while becoming active members of the community. We have been delighted to partner with Breaking Ground and would like to thank all the elected and appointed officials who helped make possible and Comunilife's Board of Directors for understanding the vision behind La central development."
We were joined in the festivities by elected officials, representatives from New York State and City, and partners who provided financing for the project.
“La Central is a landmark project which looks to improve the neighborhood for existing residents while making way for the future of our growing borough. This portion of the development adds much needed supportive housing to The South Bronx because we wanted to ensure that the most vulnerable individuals in our community can benefit from the new housing stock in the area. I’m proud to have supported the larger La Central development with a contribution of $1.5 million in capital funding. Thank you to Breaking Ground, Comunilife and the State and City agencies and elected officials who came together to make this project come to life,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
“The Melrose community has much to celebrate today as we begin to see the results of what we envisioned when La Central was first approved,” said Council Member Rafael Salamanca. “Containing nearly 1,000 units of 100% affordable housing, the completion of this phase of La Central yields 161 units of permanently affordable housing, including units set aside for the formerly homeless and supportive services. Green infrastructure and innovative energy-efficient appliances throughout the building will ensure this development is one of the most self-sustainable in the Bronx, while on-site community space will deliver additional amenities to the community and residents, alike. I thank Breaking Ground and Comunlife Inc. for their partnership in providing critical affordable housing and supportive services, and look forward to the completion of La Central in the near future.”
"We are thrilled to welcome residents to their new homes in first phase of La Central, which provides 161 new affordable and supportive units in the South Bronx," said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. "I want to thank Breaking Ground and Comunilife for partnering with the City and State to address the housing affordability crisis and provide supportive services to help New Yorkers get back on their feet and thrive in their communities. "
The $67 million project was made possible by New York State Homes and Community Renewal, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance/Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation, Wells Fargo, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Environmental clean-up of the vacant parcel was funded in part by the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation. Funding for onsite supportive services is provided by Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative and the New York City Human Resources Administration.
HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “This transformative development embodies Governor Cuomo’s commitment to bring mixed-use, diverse housing opportunities to communities across our state. Here at La Central, we are celebrating new beginnings with 161 beautiful, secure, affordable, and supportive homes that will benefit residents and the growing Melrose community. This is the type of quality, forward-thinking project that will continue the economic revitalization of the Bronx.”