Bronx apartment complex comes with its own greenhouse

A Bronx affordable housing development with lots of green perks launched a lottery this week for 46 units. Dubbed the Bedford Green House, the 13-story building at 2865 Creston Avenue offers its residents unique amenities that center around healing through nature, a concept called biophilic design. Bedford Green House, located within the Bedford Park neighborhood, will have a rooftop aquaponics greenhouse where residents will be able to raise fish, grow fresh produce, and participate in healthy cooking demos. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 60 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, ranging from $883/month studios to a $1,148/month two-bedrooms.

The project, developed by Project Renewal and designed by Edelman Sultan Knox Wood Architects, contains 118 units across roughly 82,700 square feet of mixed-use space. Developers broke ground on the project in November 2017, with the building topping out in March.

Half of the greenhouse at the building, which will pursue LEED certification, will utilize aquaponics with the other half used for growing crops like kale, spinach, and arugula, as 6sqft previously noted. A horticultural therapist will be on site to help residents grow their food. And, according to the architects, the building has been “laid out to encourage socialization and security including accessibility and physical activity.”

Read more at 6sqft (Devin Gannon)


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