Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing

104-106 Waverly Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: September 2001

Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

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Two new two-family market rate homes.

Fifth Avenue and Garfield Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: September 1995

Location: Brooklyn, NY

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141-143, 147-149, & 172 5th Avenue, AKA 77 Garfield Street, is the gut renovation of six buildings scattered through a site, creating 36 new affordable residential units.The project was an initiative in partnership with the City of New York, Dept of Housing Preservation & Development Vacant Building Program - The Fifth Avenue Corridor, LP.

1848-54 Eastern Parkway

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: October 1994

Location: Brooklyn, NY

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1848-54 Eastern Parkway was a complete gut renovation of five grouped buildings that were redesigned as three buildings, housing 39 residential units.This project was performed under the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development Vacant Building Program BK12G (Pacific East).

539-45 Lenox Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: November 1993

Location: New York

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539-45 Lenox Avenue, along with 100 West 138th Street and 102 West 138th Street in New York, are preservation and extensive rehabilitation projects developed under the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development Vacant Building Program.This project entailed the complete gut renovation of eight grouped buildings, which were combined into three buildings totaling in 54 residential units and seven retail spaces.

226 & 259 West 144th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: December 2004

Location: Manhattan, New York

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226 and 259 West 144th Streetin New York are substantial rehabilitation projects for two buildings totaling, 108 units and a day care center under the NYC Housing Preservation and Development Vacant Building Program.This project is the winner of NYS Association for Affordable Housing's (NYSAFAH) "Project of the Year" award for 2003.

Union & Columbia

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: August 2003

Location: Redhook, Brooklyn

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This new development is a mixed-use, 2-story and basement commercial and residential development. It is a light-gauge steel frame building, which includes (24) apartments, public parking and private areas, all contained in 24,000 square feet.This project is a cornerstone in the evolving Columbia Street Corridor, which has created one of Brooklyn’s newest neighborhoods. It has diverted attention to this area of Brooklyn, and is assisting in the quick growth of the local residential market.The site was a long vacant lot in a prominent corner location. This fact presented the opportunity to create a low-rise contextual building grouping, which attracted families and revived this previously blighted land.The combination of masonry, stucco and stone distinguishes the site as an anchor building, which works with and enhances the adjacent existing neighborhood buildings. Its modest scale and bulk utilize all floor area, as a benefit of the New York City Quality Housing Program.This Housing project has clearly created stability, which is evident in the high volume of new affordable housing projects being undertaken along the street frontages adjacent to it. This proves that momentum can be created and enhanced through distinctive design and high quality construction. Over 250 construction workers helped to achieve this successful housing project.

Armory Towers

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: October 2001

Location: Fort Greene, Brooklyn

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"The Arches" is a 95,000 s.f. adaptive reuse project in the Cobble Hill Historic District in Brooklyn, consisting of 60 high-end residences in three existing structures: a Church, Academy and Rectory, and one new building that links the existing buildings at ground level.New steel skeletons within existing envelopes were designed for the church and rectory, using existing bearing walls and wood trusses to support the roofs.The deteriorated facades required delicate detailing of the restoration, and the interior design incorporates original architectural elements such as vaulted ceilings, wood columns, exposed brick, wood trusses and stained glass panels. A 3,000 s.f. duplex that incorporates the bell tower, creating an atrium 30' high, is one of 32 unique apartment layouts.This development was unanimously accepted by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, which praised the contextual design and approach to existing structures.

Huron Street

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: January 2002

Location: Greenpoint

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Completed in January 2002, Huron Senior Housing is a new 19,000 square foot Senior Housing Development containing thirty two apartments, offices and auxiliary spaces.The design for the building was influenced by its neighbors on the block, which offers an eclectic array of brick styles, stone and wood-frame sided buildings.Masonry and stone are used in concert, resulting in a striking yet sensitive design.The collaboration between Scarano Architects and Strategic Construction Development Group, both with a rich background in affordable housing, produced a successful housing solution for a well deserving senior population, as well as a building, which acts as a pioneer in this slowly evolving neighborhood.The North Brooklyn Development Corporation, a private non-profit venture, came to the aid of this neighborhood to fill the pressing need for affordable senior housing in the Greenpoint Neighborhood of Brooklyn.This initiative created (10) permanent and dozens of temporary construction jobs.

Ingersoll-Whitman Houses

Project Manager/Designer: Tamera Talbert, Charles D. Diehl

Completion Date: June 2006

Location: Fort Greene

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Our investigation of the existing buildings reveals that the twenty-seven (27) six-story buildings will only require a cosmetic renovation of the existing facilities. However, the eight (8) high-rise buildings will require a more substantial renovation, which will result in the net loss of as many as 75 units in those buildings.In order to compensate for this loss of apartments, a vertical expansion of all existing buildings is proposed as outlined in the Design Proposal.A summary structural analysis revealed that the 6-story and 13-story buildings would be capable of supporting only one more floor each.The 11-story buildings will support two more floors. These additional floors will be constructed from lightweight steel framing and have a stucco exterior finish.Pitched roofs are proposed because the New York City Building Code does not require roof access in buildings that have a roof pitch of 20° or more. So, for the 31 buildings that will have only one additional floor, the existing stairs to the current roof may be used without alteration.Furthermore, a pitched metal roof has a significantly longer and less maintenance intensive lifespan than low slope roof systems.

The Douglass

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: December 2003

Location: 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.

Anderson Avenue

Project Manager/Designer: Robert M. Scarano Jr.

Completion Date: April 2004

Location: Bronx, New York

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972 Anderson Avenue was a building owned by the city of New York and Maintained by their housing Arm H.P.D. Long forgotten by the city due to its abandoned condition, it did not stop a group of people in the neighborhood from binding together and renovating the building for their families.The organization turned to Scarano Architect PLLC to assist with the formal planning and proper financing for the project.The building was upgraded to include the previously lacking heating and cooling systems, and many code deficiencies such as fire protection and hadicap accessibility were corrected.A management and development company was selected as a sponsor, and with the help of proper planning and design a new stable property has been added to the housing stock of the city.