The Melody

Silver Award for Affordable
The Melody

Project Location: Bronx, NY
Photographer: Bernstein Associates
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Project Team
Architect: Aufgang + Subotovsky Architecture and Planning PLLC
Builder: Blue Sea Construction Co., LLC
Interior Designer: N/A
Developer: Blue Sea Development Company, LLC
Land Planner: N/A
Interior Merchandiser: N/A

Design Statement:
The Melody is a LEED Platinum and Energy Star affordable multifamily cooperative developed on a long vacant brownfield site in the South Bronx as result of a public/private partnership including New York City and New York State housing agencies. Only the second new coop to be built in the community for over 30 years, it?s comprised of one, two and three bedroom apartments with family income affordability levels at 80%-110% of the NYC average median income ($34,916 to $89,237 for a family of four). By partnering with and setting aside 14 units for Habitat for Humanity NYC, purchasers put in sweat equity to build their new homes alongside volunteers and skilled trades, thereby increasing the affordability for eligible families (1% downpayment and 65% of the AMI; $49,140 for a family of four). The building pays tribute to a neighborhood?s incredible musical heritage, as evidenced through musical themes in commissioned lobby and stairwell artwork, ornamental ironwork wrapping the building, and bronze historical marker plaque at the sidewalk. Sited on an irregular corner lot, the building?s staggered cantilevered balconies, roof terrace pergolas, and articulated roof parapet create a kinetic energy that adds visual energy to the community. The building has the added advantage of acting as a buffer between the adjacent residential historic district and the very active commercial corridor which includes elevated subways and mass transit bus routes. The Melody is the first building to receive a LEED Innovation Design credit for incorporating active design guidelines to increase physical activity and improve health among the residents. The building also uses cogeneration to create 100% of the domestic hot water supply while producing electricity to power the building?s common areas to lower operating costs. We received approximately 20 applications for each available unit and occupancy is expected this fall.