Spring Valley, NY has become one of the 5 largest Haitian communities in the United States with over 20,000 population. Most of the local people are members of the local Church of the Nazarene or the adjacent Baptist Church. Currently, KPG is assisting the Church of the Nazarene with planning and redevelopment of their property to accommodate 60‐80 apartments with parking, an ambulatory medical space, and a new church with about 15,000 sf of community facility space.
LOS SURES is a community based not‐for‐profit housing development corporation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was founded in 1973 by a priest, a school teacher, a legal service attorney and 3 VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteers. One of the VISTAs, WQB founder William Brothers, became architect for the new company. Working with Bernard Rothzeid at RKTB, Mr. Brothers developed strategies for moderate renovation of “en‐rem” NYC HPD buildings and the conversion of those buildings to tenant owned cooperatives. LOS SURES was also active in converting demolition sites into parks, lunch programs, tenant education, and was successful in conversion of one NYC’s most dangerous, drug‐infested neighborhoods into a safe moderate income family community.
The SoHa Terrace is an upscale multi-family residential project and a pioneering effort in the redevelopment of Harlem, New York. The building strives to balance the rich, authentic characteristics intrinsic to the project’s historically relevant neighborhood with the modernizing influences of the contemporary residential development boom through an old meets-new brick and glass aesthetic, as well as a combination of both market-rate and subsidized housing. The building also contains over 8,000 square feet of retail space, 63 parking spaces, full-service amenities, and large public and common spaces including a generous landscaped roof garden. IDA arranged for 3 tranches of equity including a $20 million equity participation from Goldman Sachs Community Development Fund.
The Community Worship Center owns a beautiful church and 2 adjacent properties in a key location in Bedford – Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. KPG is currently assisting Community Worship in planning the redevelopment of the 2 sites to provide for restoration of the existing church, new church related community facilities, and a residential condominium with first floor retail space.
Hampshire Hotel’s Hampton Inn was originally a Howard Johnsons designed by Maurice Lapidus. WQB Architecture prepared master plans, redevelopment of the public spaces, redesign of the garage and a program for redevelopment of the site. As part of the site development, WQB found the there was an excess of 160,000sf of undeveloped air rights and prepared site plans for a new building in the site. Ultimately, the owner sold the site for $48 million and a new luxury condominium, The Link, was built which has changed the values for the entire neighborhood.
WQB Architecture provided an architectural design and project management services for the redevelopment of 4 historic brown stones in Carnegie Hill as 3 luxury cooperative buildings and a private home. Design work included redesign of all apartments, roof top penthouse, additional new facades and public spaces. WQB was a partner in the project and assisted the investors in all aspects of the project development. Many of the original coop purchasers still live in the building.
Designed with FxFowle Architects for Uptown Partners, Fifth on the Park is a 28‐story mixed-use building located on Fifth Avenue at Mt. Morris Park in Harlem. The building has 200 luxury condominium units, 50 apartments, and a full amenity package including a gym and swimming pool. At street level is a 2,000 seat sanctuary designed for a local church, and a 200‐space parking garage. The feasibility of the building was supported by a 421‐a tax abatement from the City of New York HPD. The building was completed in 2010.
The plan for the 800,000 SF Hudson Mews housing development incorporates the irregular undeveloped frontage along the west side of Ninth Avenue in Manhattan, combined with the development rights of the Dyer Avenue access to the Lincoln Tunnel, to create a group of new buildings in a park‐like setting as envisioned in the proposed Hudson Yards/Far West Side Development Plan. The current plan provides for at least three new 20‐story buildings of approximately 200,000 SF each, with more than 800 apartments per tower and first‐floor retail spaces. The buildings will include luxury rentals with a range of amenities. The first two buildings on the Ninth Avenue side will provide 112 luxury condominiums, with retail along the avenue. The building’s foundation will be anchored by existing traffic islands with connecting deck spanning the tunnel entrance which will create a new public park extending from West 39th Street to south 36th Street, serving the residents and the surrounding community. It is anticipated that the initial phases of development will become one of the first of the new Far West Side Development Plan.