Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials and community leaders attended a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new affordable housing complex in the Sugar Hill section of upper Manhattan that will also include educational services and a children's museum.
The $80 million Sugar Hill Development, which is being constructed on the side of a former parking garage at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 155th Street, at the edges of West Harlem and Washington Heights, will offer 124 affordable units.
"This building is genuinely affordable to the lowest economic rung, including homeless people, but also to working people," said Broadway Housing Communities Executive Director Ellen Baxter.
The project is being financed through a mix of city, state and federal funding, along with private investment.
It is part of the mayor's New Housing Marketplace Plan, which Bloomberg announced is 85 percent complete. Its goal is to create or preserve 165,000 units of affordable housing by the end of fiscal year 2014.
"We have been through economic ups and downs which were never predicted, we've been through changes in state and federal administrations, but nothing has deterred us from keeping going and staying on schedule," said the mayor.
The Sugar The complex will feature 124 affordable housing units, an education center for 100 pre-school students and the , which will .
Sugar Hill is the seventh development for Broadway Housing Communities, which has spent 30 years working in the Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods.
The complex will also feature an early education center and the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, devoted to the history of the area. The Sugar Hill neighborhood was home to many wealthy and influential African-Americans during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s.
"We do believe that a museum will sort of honor the legacy of the history of this community which was vibrant and full of art and culture," said Baxter.
One prominent Sugar Hill resident, Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, parked his car in the garage that used to stand at the site of Sugar Hill Development.
The housing complex is expected to be completed by late 2013.