Edgemere Commons, a $100 million affordable and supportive housing development in Far Rockaway, Queens, was recently unveiled by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
The 17-story, 194-unit structure is the first phase of an 11-phase master redevelopment of the old Peninsula Hospital Center property. A large-scale rezoning of the old Peninsula Hospital Center resulted in the 11-phase master plan.
Edgemere Commons will eventually include approximately 2,000 affordable dwellings, shops, communal space, medical services, and outdoor public space. The first structure will have 194 affordable apartments, 23,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and 24,000 square feet of resident parking.
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The retail area is intended to contain a supermarket, which was recognized as a critical need by community residents during the development process’s public input stage.
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The new building complements the aims of New York City’s Resilient Edgemere Community Plan, which establishes the groundwork for the city’s continuing investment in the Edgemere community for years to come. The plan, which was developed with community involvement, combines the City’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy with a long-term vision for a better quality of life for Edgemere residents.
The Block Institute will provide on-site housing support services to 29 persons with developmental impairments who will live in the complex. An extra 30 units will be reserved for individuals who are homeless. Through an Empire State Supporting Housing Initiative grant sponsored by the New York State Office of Mental Health, these people will have access to housing subsidies and supportive services (OMH). WellLife Network is the service provider.
A community room, a leisure room, bicycle storage, laundry facilities, a roof terrace, and outdoor activity area will beEd among the residential amenities.