Yesterday, RiseBoro Community Partnership and New York City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of Woodlawn Senior Living, a new affordable housing complex located at 69 E. 233rd Street in the Bronx.

The Woodlawn development, which is RiseBoro’s first in the Bronx, consists of a three-story building featuring 79 studio and one-bedroom homes for seniors - 24 of which are set aside for formerly homeless occupants. Residents will have access to social services including home visits, escorts for medical appointments, and various educational and recreational programs.

Architect Paul Castrucci designed the Woodland project, which also includes a gym, a computer room, and a landscaped outdoor terrace for residents. The building is designed to Passive House standards, with green infrastructure that limits energy and water usage.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Woodlawn developmentNYC HPD

"The design team focused on creating meaningful social spaces at places of intersection," states a narrative form the architect's website. "These junctures encourage impromptu conversations, enjoyment of the connection to exterior gathering spaces, and engagement in the social services provided on site."

“With the completion of Woodlawn Senior Living, New York City and RiseBoro Community Partnership is once again delivering for older New Yorkers by opening the doors to new affordable senior housing,” said New York City Housing and Preservation Department Commissioner Adolfo Carrión Jr. in a news release “Some of our most at-risk older New Yorkers, including those who were once unhoused, will now have the safety and security of housing that comes equipped with the specialized services they need to thrive. Thank you to all who made this project possible.”