Dattner Architects joined Pennrose, RiseBoro Community Partnership, Mega Contracting, City and State officials, and partnering community leaders for the grand opening of 50 Penn — a new mixed-use, transit-oriented development providing access to high-quality, sustainable affordable and moderate-income housing and healthy food choices. 218 units are designed for family occupancy, 42 of which are dedicated to formerly homeless and elderly households. Three commercial spaces activate the ground floor, including a health-food grocery store developed through the FRESH program which promotes nutritious, affordable, and fresh food in underserved neighborhoods.
“The lasting relationship between Pennrose and Dattner is rooted in our organizations’ common missions of producing affordable homes with class-leading design for New Yorkers. Our work together at 50 Penn exemplifies how structural synergies between thoughtful architects and developers can result in superior placemaking of a building that is poised to be enjoyed in the Cypress Hills community for generations to come.” — Dylan Salmons, Regional Vice President, Pennrose
“The 50 Penn project is the result of a truly collaborative and innovative effort that could not have been accomplished without the development vision of Pennrose and RiseBoro, the construction acumen of Mega Contracting Group, and the technical expertise of the entire design team. The project’s mixed-use program is a model for redevelopment in high density urban environments with superior access to transit. However, this blessing of transit comes with both challenges above grade with the elevated J train along Fulton Street and the sub-terranean A/C lines cutting across the corner of the site. The technical and construction logistics challenges were many, but ably addressed and executed to result in a much-needed low-carbon, high-quality affordable housing building for 218 families.” — John Woelfling AIA, Principal, Dattner Architects
“This project is an important marker of the East New York re-zoning, providing 218 new affordable apartments, local-scale retail spaces, and a grocery store for the Cypress Hills community. We are very proud of this building, as we focused on providing bright and airy units, a beautiful and contextual brick façade, and amenities that serve the tenants including a large, landscaped terrace. Solar panels on the roof and energy-saving features in the building are symbolic of Dattner Architects’ and Pennrose’s commitment to a greener future for New York City.” — Rem Bruhn AIA, Associate, Dattner Architects