Harlem Gets Greener: 198 affordable housing units are transformed on 135th and Broadway
Ten aging residential buildings in Harlem reserved for low-income families are now officially green. The project was the first to benefit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new green program.
The units are located at 107-145 W. 135th St. The project began in March 2010 and was apparently completed on time and on budget. Half of the funding for the $7.5-million capital improvement project came from HUD’s $250-million Green Retrofit Program, created to make affordable housing more energy-efficient. The green preservation of the buildings created roughly 41 new jobs.
Tenants remained their homes during the rehabilitation which estimates predict will yield 25% energy savings. The buildings now comply with Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, a set of energy-efficiency standards that New York City recently adopted for all affordable-housing properties across the city, and are LEED-certified. Upgrades included replacing 32 boilers with 10 high-efficiency boilers, installing a new vestibule and insulated glass entry doors, and installing new ceramic flooring from recycled content in the lobby and new LED light fixtures in corridors.
The Harlem complex remains a Section 8 affordable housing project for low-income families. It is also counted as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, an $8.4 billion plan to create or preserve 165,000 affordable apartments by the end of 2014.
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