Community Board 8 is holding its Land Use Committee meeting at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center this Wednesday, December 9th, at 7:30 p.m. so that Kingsbridge Heights residents can HEAR about and TALK about the proposed Urban Pathways development at 3469 Cannon Place.
Urban Pathways has already been to a CB #8 meeting, and came out to meet a small group of people at the site last week, and what follows here are my notes from that conversation. I’ll post other info here as I get it.
The building will be 90 apartments. 60% will be supportive housing for people diagnosed with mental illness, with a preference for veterans. Each resident will have their own studio apartment with their own bathroom and cooking facilities (approx 300 square feet). Supportive housing means that there will be staff on-site working with the residents (social workers, nurses, etc.). The building will also have 24-hour security. The intention, according to Urban Pathways Executive Director Fred Schack, is that each resident would live in the building for 3-4 years, in which time they would be working on a plan to ready themselves to live more independently elsewhere, in an apartment of their own.
40% will be permanent apartments, affordably priced (the example I was given was $35,000 for a family of 2-3, I think). Neighborhood residents and possibly people who work in the neighborhood but don’t live here would be given preference here (there would not be, as there are for many such developments, a lottery to choose the tenants).
There will be some parking (how much?)
The front of the building will be on Cannon Place, but it will be set back 35’ from the property line, to create a front yard, and to create space for cars to stop in front of the building without blocking Cannon Place. They have not designed the building yet, as they wanted to hear from the Community Board and the community first (I believe that an expansion of parking and the setback from Cannon are both responses to things they’ve heard so far).
Rather than blast through the rock on Ft Independence, which would be expensive and NOISY, they will build on top of it. I suggested that they consider having an exit from their building onto Fort Independence, but given that the lower floor of the building will be so far above Ft. Indy, I’m not sure that will work out.
We should ask whether their garbage will be picked up by Sanitation or whether they will have commercial trash collection (Sanitation would be in the daytime while most commercial trash firms work at night).
I have a friend who works for the Supportive Housing Network and knows all the non-profits that do supportive housing. He tells me Urban Pathways has a good reputation. Fred Schack, the Executive Director, invited us to go visit the building they have operated in Hell’s Kitchen for 13 years. I believe the Vice President of the Cannon Heights co-op is setting that up. Urban Pathways website is http://www.urbanpathways.org, and information about Ivan Shapiro House is at http://www.urbanpathways.org/hous_is.asp.