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News - 03.29.23

425 Grand Concourse Wins CHPC Award

Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC) has honored 425 Grand Concourse with the Impact for Community Investment Award.

“After working with a village of collaborators for seven years, 425 Grand Concourse can now be a healthy, resilient, and sustainable home for hundreds of New Yorkers. It has been such an honor for our team at Dattner Architects to have worked on this project and to demonstrate that affordable, multi-family buildings can be designed and built to Passive House standards while at the same time respecting the neighborhood history and integrating with the context. Congratulations to our clients—Trinity Financial and MBD—and all the partners that have helped raise the bar for what New York City housing can be.” — John Woelfling, Principal

425 Grand Concourse provides the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx with 277 units of affordable housing, while the two-story base includes a medical facility; supermarket; community spaces for a local non-profit; comfort station for neighboring city park and playground—activating what was for nearly 20 years, an abandoned site; and a CUNY Hostos student services center.

The largest PHIUS-certified Passive House development in North America, 425 Grand Concourse is a model for healthy living environments in a district with one of the worst childhood asthma rates in the country. Active ventilation brings filtered fresh air to all bedrooms and living rooms, keeping a constant flow of clean air without pollutants, pollen, or respiratory virus particles, increasing interior comfort and air quality. Continuous insulation at the façade, lack of thermal breaks, and high-quality windows mean the building stays temperate no matter the weather outdoors, even with a temporary loss of power.

425 Grand Concourse is the result of the collaboration between the design and development team, city and local stakeholders, and community members to understand and address the community’s need for more high-quality affordable homes.

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