“This building has given me and my daughter Isabella a chance to have a fresh start.” — Chasity, 425 Grand Concourse resident
On November 2, Dattner Architects joined Trinity Financial, MBD Community Housing Corporation, City and State officials, local community partners, and 425 Grand Concourse residents to celebrate the grand opening of the largest Passive House (PHIUS) project in North America. Located at one of the Bronx’s great boulevards, 425 Grand Concourse provides the Mott Haven neighborhood with affordable housing, community support space, a medical facility, supermarket, and a new student services center for CUNY Hostos.
“Dattner Architects has had the privilege of working for the last seven years on what is an exceptional project in so many ways. The building provides luxury, affordable housing for 277 families in a high-quality, low carbon building that addresses the health inequities that too often occur in our cities. The building’s energy efficient Passive House design drives down the utility costs for the residents and reduces the building’s greenhouse gas emissions-well ahead of LL97’s requirements. The project is an example of smart redevelopment and investment in the Bronx and is replicable in any part of our City to simultaneously address both the affordable housing crisis and the climate crisis.” — John Woelfling, Principal
This benchmark sustainable project provides a model for healthy living environments in a district with one of the worst childhood asthma rates in the country. Each apartments’ living rooms and bedrooms receive filtered, ventilated air, increasing interior comfort and air quality. The project’s expansive windows provide abundant amounts of daylight while balancing the window-to-wall ratio that is critical in achieving Passive House performance levels.
“425 Grand Concourse is proof that an environmentally just world is possible. Visible from across the Bronx and beyond, it is a beacon, lighting the way for a brighter future of healthy buildings, cleaner air, and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. Like all of our affordable housing work, this building is transforming the lives of middle and low income New Yorkers, providing brightly daylit and energy efficient homes for them to call their own.” — Heather McKinstry, Associate