On October 25, Dattner Architects joined the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH), City officials, and partnering community leaders for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for WSFSSH at West 108.
This new, mixed-use residential development provides an integrated approach to urban housing, offering 119 permanent supportive housing units, 80 affordable family apartments, and a 110-bed transitional shelter. On-site support services include case management, crisis intervention counseling, and medication and nutrition services.
Charming cut metal tree guards, window guards, fences, and gates are seen throughout the development and were created by artist Béatrice Coron. The theme, ROOTS AND SEASONS, is about the way human beings and trees adapt to the change of seasons. The artwork depicts the “balance between strength and flexibility like trees that sink their roots into the earth so they can bend in the wind without breaking.”
“Dattner Architects congratulates the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing and the entire project team on the completion of WSFSSH at West 108. This transformative project provides urgently needed affordable and supportive housing, transitional housing for homeless seniors and a primary care clinic. WSFSSH at West 108 is a model for mixed-use, community oriented housing that enhances its neighborhood. We are honored to be the architects for this outstanding project.” — William Stein FAIA, Principal
The project also provides spaces that are accessible to the community. The community room is available for scheduled use by community residents, and the dining room serves as a multipurpose space for movie nights, concerts, and other neighborhood events. Other community features include a primary care clinic serving the public, storage space for Central Park Medical Unit ambulances, and a comfort station for the adjacent Anibal Aviles playground. This mix of uses integrates the building with the neighborhood and enhances the quality of life in the community. The project’s sustainable features—including solar panels, energy efficient envelope and systems, and use of healthy materials—contribute to its positive neighborhood impact.
“It was an exciting day seeing all of our collective hard work come to fruition—Dattner Architects is honored to be part of the team. WSFSSH at West 108 is already a cornerstone of the community, bringing much needed affordable and transitional housing to the neighborhood, without looking like typical affordable housing. The interior and exterior of the building came out fantastic, and it is plain to see that residents are proud to call the building home.” — Shefali Sanghvi AIA, Director of Sustainability