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New York City Aims to Make Affordable Housing Sustainable

The Arker Companies, The Domain Companies and Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island announced the closing of financing for the rental component of the $60 million redevelopment of Markham Gardens, an affordable housing complex located in the West Brighton neighborhood on Staten Island's north shore.

The redevelopment initiative -- a participant in the LEED for Homes pilot program -- will create a total of 290 new affordable residential units comprising 240 rental apartments and 25 two-family homes. The rebuilding of Markham Gardens is part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's 10-year New Housing Marketplace Plan to build and preserve 165,000 affordable housing units for 500,000 New Yorkers; the largest municipal affordable housing plan in the nation’s history.

Designed with environmentally sustainable, energy-efficient and green building techniques, 150 of the 240 mixed-income rental units will be reserved for Section 8 voucher recipients referred by the New York City Housing Authority, including former Markham Garden tenants wishing to return. The remaining 90 units will be affordable to residents with incomes between $30,082 to $85,080 for a family of four.

The redevelopment also includes 50 units in 25 for-sale two-family homes for moderate-income families, as well as a park, outdoor seating areas with extensive landscaping, and a 6,000-square-foot recreational center consisting of an indoor basketball court, exercise facility, computer center and classrooms.

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