June 14, 2005
HUD REGIONAL DIRECTOR MOSS ATTENDS GROUNDBREAKING FOR HUD FUNDED SENIOR HOUSING IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN
NEW YORK - Newly appointed HUD Regional Director Sean M. Moss today attended a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the construction of the Encore West Residence, a new housing facility for low-income seniors being constructed within the Clinton Urban Renewal Area of west-midtown Manhattan. The sponsor of the development is Encore Community Services. Other attendees included Encore's Executive Director Sister Elizabeth Hasselt; Shaun Donovan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD);
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields; and, and Anna Hayes Levin, Chair of the Clinton Land Use and
Zoning Committee of Community Board #4.
After five years of negotiations with the local community and federal, state and city governmental agencies, the project finally came to fruition with the closing of the property with the City of New York in November 2005. The
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, under its Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program, provided a $13.1 million grant for the construction of the building, which is anticipated to take 16 months
to complete. In addition, a capital grant from Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields has been awarded. Private grants have also been secured. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development provided the land. The architectural firm is Ting & Li Architects, PC.
Encore West will provide 84 new rental apartments to very low-income seniors, 62 years of age and older. The property will include fully equipped units, a multi-purpose community room, library, state-of-the-art security system, front-desk coverage in the reception lobby, laundry and kitchenette facilities on the first floor and a garden and seating area in the rear of the building. A full-service management company will oversee operations. Social services will be provided, as needed.