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Cooper Gardens Housing Development

Lottery for 218 affordable units opens in

new Bronx building with yoga pavilion
and rooftop farm


Rendering courtesy of Dattner Architects

Nearly a year ago, L+M Development Partners and Hornig Capital Partners

broke ground on a $156 million, mixed-use development on the St.

Barnabas Hospital campus in the Belmont section of the Bronx, adjacent

to Little Italy’s Arthur Avenue and just a short walk to the Bronx Zoo. A

pair of all-affordable housing projects–an 11-story, 181-unit building at

4511 Third Avenue and a 12-story, 133-unit building down the street at

4439 Third Avenue–the Dattner Architects-designed complex aims to

combine health care services, affordable housing, job creation, outdoor

fitness areas, and healthy food options to low-income residents of the

community. And these residents earning 60 percent of the area median

income can now apply for 218 apartments, ranging from $865/month

studios to $1,289/month three-bedrooms.

The rooftop farm; Rendering courtesy of GDSNY

The St. Barnabas Wellness Care and Affordable Housing project, also called

Cooper Gardens, will have an additional 95 units set aside as supportive

housing for formerly homeless New Yorkers. The project will have more

than 50,000 square feet of health and wellness space that includes a

pharmacy, ambulatory care center, teaching kitchen, rooftop farm

designed by Global Design Strategies (GDSNY), aquaponic greenhouse

operated by Project EATS, healthy food cafe, and an outdoor fitness plaza

with a walking path, yoga pavilion, and multi-purpose area for meditation

and Tai Chi. There will also be an extended-hours daycare to accommodate

hospital staff, patients, and working families. Dattner designed both

buildings with “active design concepts,” encouraging the use of stairways

and installing solar panels. In a press release, the NYC Department of

Housing Preservation and Development explained that “the project is

designed to promote stable, quality housing to help reduce Medicaid costs

and avoidable hospitalizations.”

Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units at Cooper

Gardens until July 10, 2018. Complete details on how to apply are

available here (pdf). Fifty percent of units will be set aside for residents of

Bronx Community Board 6. Questions regarding this offer must be referred

to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.

Use 6sqft’s map below to find even more ongoing housing lotteries.

If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit’s no-fee rentals page for other apartment deals in the city.


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Renderings courtesy of Dattner Architects unless otherwise noted

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