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Apex Senior Housing, 498 Union Avenue
New Cassel, NY

Apex Senior Housing was the first low-income, shared housing facility for seniors. This four-story, 33,000 square foot, 33-unit senior housing development consists of one and two-bedroom apartments. Built for the Anna and Philip Kimmel Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, Apex provides two choices of living arrangements; seniors can rent their own one-bedroom unit or share a two-bedroom unit with another senior, thereby developing a "family of choice."

The shared units have two bedrooms and two bathrooms for privacy, along with a shared kitchen, living room, and dining room, which provides opportunities for conversation and companionship. The development is situated on a one-acre fenced in site that formerly housed two private, rundown homes. It includes private parking, a landscaped garden, exercise room, laundry facility, an expandable community space to be used for tenant recreation and educational and social services, and two rooftop recreation areas. Apex provides an environment where seniors can flourish rather than just merely survive.

Financing for this project came from town, state and federal funds, including the NYS Housing Trust Fund and the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

This project was the recipient of the Long Island Builders Institute Design/Build Award and the Building Award 2003 from the Queens and Bronx Building Association for Excellence in Design and Construction in the Residential - Senior Housing Category.

Apex II - Intergenerational Housing
New Cassel, NY

Douglaston Development provided development services for this 33,000 sq. ft., four-story intergenerational apartment building located adjacent to Apex I Senior Citizens Housing. Built for a joint venture between Douglaston Development and the Anna and Philip Kimmel Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, this project provides quality housing to an area severely lacking in affordable housing and has stimulated the revival of the main corridor in the New Cassel Urban Renewal Plan. The development includes 35 residential units comprising a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, private parking, landscaped gardens, community space and laundry facilities. Financing for this project came from town, state and federal funds, including the NYS Housing Trust Fund and the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program

Evelyn Burns Homes at Ocean Hill North
Brooklyn, NY

Douglaston Development provided development services for 45 new, two-family homes in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn, under the auspices of New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Partnership, an affiliate organization of the New York City Partnership. With funding provided by the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, this formerly vacant lot located on Prospect Place, Park Place and Howard Avenue, now offers affordable housing to first time homeowners.

Construction management services were provided by Levine Builders. Built as row houses, the three-level homes consist of a three-bedroom duplex unit for the owner and a two-bedroom rental unit on the lower level. Each unit offers modern living features such as wall-to-wall carpeting in all living areas and bedrooms, ceramic tile bathroom floors and tub areas, wood kitchen cabinetry, Formica tops, new appliances, hook-ups for washer and dryers and a private backyard with a deck.

171 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

Developed in a joint venture with Vornado Realty Trust, the building provides 41 apartments for low-income senior citizens as well as 3,000 square feet of ground level retail space and a two-story mechanical penthouse. Each unit includes wall-to-wall carpeting, VCT tiles in the kitchens, and ceramic tiles in the bathrooms, which are handicapped adaptable with emergency pull cords. 171 Lexington Avenue was financed under New York City's Inclusionary Zoning Bonus Certificate program, an initiative by the City of New York to create additional low-income housing.

Levine Builders provided construction management services for this new 12-story masonry and steel composite load-bearing concrete plank building located at Lexington Avenue and 31st Street. The facade is a rose-colored ironspot brick silhouetted by precast stone lintels and enclosed by insulated double slider aluminum windows.