The Hobbs Court Apartments project located at 315 East 102nd Street in East Harlem, New York is now underway after Oldcastle Precast Building Systems of South Bethlehem, New York was awarded a $2.9 million contract.
Oldcastle Precast Building Systems will be on the project team along with Lettire Construction, MHG Architects, and Robert Silman Associates all based in New York, helping to manufacture the almost 226,000-sq-ft of precast hollowcore plank for the 159 unit, nine-story structure. Oldcastle will also manufacture precast concrete stairs and landings as well as other miscellaneous components as part of the contract.
The project consists of twelve deteriorated walkup buildings which will be demolished along 102nd Street and replaced by the new, affordable units ranging from studio to three-bedroom duplex apartments, provided within a two-tower plan. A below grade garage and office space for a local community outreach program are also part of the plan.
New York City is the first to begin construction of new affordable housing using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Tax Credit Assistance Program which aims to increase the supply of newly constructed or recently renovated affordable housing units that would otherwise not have come to market due to the current economic conditions.
The Hobbs Court Apartments project is expected to be completed in mid-2011.