Construction is complete for the El Borinquen Residence, a $62-million affordable housing development in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams announced last week.

Located at 3401 Third Avenue, the project consists of a 10-story building featuring 148 new affordable apartments, including 29 which are reserved for seniors and 90 units which provide on-site supportive services for formerly homeless residents. The 29 senior units are reserved for households earning no more than 30 percent of the area median income level, while the remaining units are reserved for those earning up to 60 percent of the area median income.

Rental subsidies, as well as services, are being funded through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. Residents will have access to case management services, mental health referrals, job training, and financial literacy workshops.

The El Borinquen Residence was developed by Comunilife, which is also the service provider for residents.

Designed by Alexander Gorlin Architects, the building is highlighted by a colorful facade facing Third Avenue, an element which is intended to pay tribute to the neighborhood's Puerto Rican heritage. In addition to housing, the property incorporates a community event space, a rooftop garden, and landscaped space at street level.

"This building is a crown jewel for integrating the arts into supportive housing development. It is filled with joy, color, vitality, and inspiration," said Dr. Rosa M. Gil, Comunilife's president and chief executive, in a news release. "These are all essential components for healing and people transforming their life. At Comunilife, we are thrilled to enter this new era of supportive housing design and development where quality of life is informed and impacted by the peace, inspiration and sensibility that art, beauty and culture can create. Cultural sensibility has been at the core of every initiative we have ever done, but a project of this massive scale, brings it to a whole new level."