The city’s Human Resources Administration has filed new building applications to erect a 12-story affordable housing development at 413 East 120th Street, next to the Robert F. Wagner Houses at the eastern edge of Harlem.
The building would rise 120 feet into the air between First and Pleasant Avenues, only a block or two from the Harlem River. It would hold 179 apartments divided across 164,138 square feet of residential space. The first floor will be divided between a 4,300-square-foot community facility and 5,730 square feet of retail, followed by 15 to 17 apartments per floor.
Acacia Network is the developer, and the units will be affordable to low-income families, according to their website. The project will also have a 29-space parking lot (far less than zoning would typically require) and various amenities on the second floor, including a roof deck, laundry, gym, and recreation space.
A five-story brick building occupies part of the large site on the corner of First Avenue. The building began its life as a school, but a health clinic and a collection of social service agencies now make their home there. Much of the 66,000-square-foot property is used as a parking lot, and we expect that the new building will rise on the open space. Magnusson Architecture and Planning will be responsible for the design. MAP almost exclusively designs affordable projects, including the nearby Sugar Hill Apartments and several developments in the Bronx.