Manhattan, NY JCJ Architecture will design a new project for Barrier Free Living (BFL), a leading NYC community non-profit that provides services and support for survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. The $30 million project is anticipated to break ground in fall of 2019 with completion planned for January 2021.
The new 65,000 s/f facility will provide permanent housing specifically to meet the needs of this population and will include 74 apartments, administrative offices, a rear garden, an elevated outdoor recreation area, and community and support spaces.
The building will challenge assumptions about the aesthetics associated with supportive housing and create a more direct and engaged relationship for residents with the surrounding environment. The new facility is intended to serve the needs of BFL’s clients, to provide a sense of pride, place and home for residents, and to create a unique architectural presence in the rapidly changing neighborhood where the East Village and Lower East Side converge.
“BFL is a forward-looking organization that works to achieve a vision where individuals with disabilities can be free from barriers that prevent them from reaching their fullest potential,” said Peter Bachmann, AIA, principal-in-charge with JCJ. “The JCJ team has fully embraced the complexities of the project and the BFL mission to support individuals with disabilities in living dignified lives. This project presents an opportunity to positively influence this dynamic organization’s work in keeping NYC a vibrant and diverse community that maintains its commitments to all residents.”
Inspired by the parameters of mayor de Blasio’s Housing NYC Plan, this project will provide affordable housing and support services for a grossly underserved population. The project team will work alongside agencies and stakeholders including NYS Home and Community Renewal, ESSHI and NYC Board of Standards & Appeals. Funding for related services and rent support will come from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.