The Douglass

Project Manager/Designer
Robert M. Scarano Jr.
Completion Date
December 2003
Harlem, USA
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The site was developed through the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) Cornerstone Program with funding by the NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC). The site consists of thirteen city owned vacant lots and one private lot, and is a key component in the City’s efforts to revitalize a large stretch of Frederick Douglass Boulevard from West 110th Street to West 125th Street in Harlem. The building was designed to complement the existing architecture in the area while providing an aesthetic that is fresh and sophisticated. The exterior is composed of two brick types with pre-cast concrete elements used to accent the cornices, sills and base of the building. Of the 137 rental units, 95 units, representing 70% of the rental units, were offered at rent levels affordable to middle income New Yorkers, as set by HDC’s New Housing Opportunities Program guidelines.