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Not only a roof over your head, but a roof with wind turbines.

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero, New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Marc Jahr and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined Les Bluestone and Avery Seavey of Blue Sea Development Co. for a ribbon cutting ceremony recently in the South Bronx to unveil the newly completed Eltona.

The development is a five-story, 71,640-square-foot building with 63 rental apartments for families whose incomes are below 60 percent of the area median income ($46,080 for a family of four). This smoke-free, state-of-the-art development incorporates innovative and eco-friendly components such as rooftop energy generating wind turbines.

Residents of the Eltona will be participating in research conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine to track the health of families suffering from asthma who live in a "green building." Also attending the ribbon cutting today were Eltona residents and representatives of New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), Wildcat Service Corporation and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

To date, under Mayor Bloomberg's New Housing Marketplace Plan (NHMP) to provide affordable housing for 500,000 New Yorkers, HPD and HDC have financed the development or preservation of more than 94,000 units of affordable housing in the five boroughs. Nearly 31,000 units have been financed in the Bronx, with more than 5,500 represented in Community District 1 where the Eltona is located. The creation of affordable housing through the NHMP is a vital component of the City's Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan to create jobs in communities through the City for New Yorkers today, implement a vision for long-term economic growth and build affordable, attractive neighborhoods throughout the City.

"The Eltona exemplifies HPD's neighborhood approach to investing in affordable housing," said HPD Commissioner Cestero. "By applying a local lens to this project we are able to put hardworking families into fantastic new, eco-friendly homes, while simultaneously applying science to quantify how healthier, greener buildings can affect the overall well being of a neighborhood and its residents. From wind turbines to career and life counseling, there is a lot going on at the Eltona, and it is the best of what affordable housing can and should be. I thank Borough President Diaz for his leadership and all of our partners for their commitment to this development and to the people of the South Bronx."

"For too long the Bronx has shouldered the burden of its burning past, despite the booming level of development now taking place," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. "The opening of the Eltona, developed by Bluesea, is significant for its green design features, which earned it LEED Platinum certification. The Bronx is now leading the State of New York with 86% of all LEED for Homes certified units. We are proud to be leading the State in the green building field as well as achieving these high standards of sustainability in the context of building affordable housing."

Located between East 156th and 157th Streets and between Melrose and Elton Avenues, The Eltona is one of the finishing touches in the City of New York's Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan. Melrose Commons is an urban renewal area of approximately 46 contiguous acres located in the center of the South Bronx and shared by Community Districts 1 and 3. The plan created 66 sites with land designated for housing development, as well as commercial and community facility use and open space. It is expected that as many as 3,700 new residential units and approximately 300,000 square feet of commercial space will be built. Since new construction began in 2000, 1,556 new residential units have been completed, 1,166 units in 12 multifamily buildings and 390 units in six small homes developments. An additional 1,271 units are currently under construction in 5 multifamily projects.

The Eltona offers a mix of one, two, and three bedrooms, with resident storage and laundry rooms on each floor, a community room on the ground level and on-site surface parking for 17 cars. The building also contains 6,800-square-feet of landscaped recreation space for residents, and a community garden adjacent to the building has been preserved.


Designed with an eye towards green technology and practices, the Eltona is the first LEED Platinum building in New York State and incorporates many innovative components with the health and well-being of the residents as a critical factor. It is the City's first residential building with wind turbine generators (ten 1-killowat turbines) mounted on the parapet to generate electricity for the building, and meets NYSERDA's requirements for ENERGY STAR multifamily buildings and will include ENERGY STAR appliance lighting fixtures, high efficiency boilers and energy efficient fiberglass windows. Low flow fixtures will reduce water usage, and all fixtures will be nontoxic and sustainable. Additionally, all paints, sealants, and adhesives are low VOC, as are carpet tiles which are also recyclable, and low VOC wall coverings which are made from recycled material.

"This development is unique," said HDC President Marc Jahr. "From the wind turbines that line its roof, to the job services and counseling offered its residents, The Eltona serves the needs of the individual as well as the community.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Nov 11, 2009
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