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The Renaissance in New Rochelle NY offers amenities and affordable rent

NEW ROCHELLE ‒ With a rooftop garden, fitness center and on-site laundry, the Renaissance at Lincoln Park has raised the bar for affordable housing in Westchester.

The building, built on the site of a former Boys and Girls Club at 117 Guion Place, has 179 units: 20 studio apartments, 96 one-bedrooms and 63 two-bedrooms. It would house residents at different income levels, ranging from 37% to 80% of the region’s median income.

In addition to the apartments, the site has undergone a major transformation, thanks to the addition of a parking garage and the new Boys & Girls Club clubhouse.

Developer Jonathan Gertman, senior vice president of development at NRP Group, said the project’s completion can be attributed to a combination of planning and vision.

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The story continues after the gallery.

Overcoming decades of ‘distrust’ in Lincoln Park

The planning process began in 2015 when the community shared hopes to upgrade the Boys & Girls Club’s aging clubhouse and redevelop the property’s surroundings.

A critical task the NRP Group team took on was building much-needed workforce housing and investing in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. While these core elements were consistent parts of the plan, another crucial element was “overcoming decades of justified mistrust and skepticism” in the neighborhood, Gertman said.

“It’s a great example of community development,” he added. “The plan was not controversial, but making people comfortable with the proposed change was certainly part of the process. People were excited about the idea, but there was a lot of hesitation and fear that it might not come to fruition.”

The Lincoln Park Renaissance was funded by a combination of state and county incentives, as well as private investment. Public funds will help keep rents affordable for 50 years, Gertman said.

The $100 million project is part of Governor Kathy Hochul’s ambitious new housing plan to build 100,000 new affordable homes across the state.

Rental prices range from $786 to $1,975

Although preference is given to New York State residents, Renaissance is also open to non-residents. At the time of this story, rents ranged from $786 to $1,975 per unit. About a dozen units have been occupied since mid-May, but The Renaissance is still accepting new applications.

Adjacent to the four-acre Lincoln Park, residents have access to a playground, sports fields and a swimming pool. The Renaissance apartment building houses a fitness center, community room, laundry room and a rooftop community garden maintained by a local community group, Lincoln Park Conservancy, which aims to promote healthy eating and sustainability.

Gertman said the NRP Group’s mission is to build quality homes regardless of income. The company has branded itself as one of the country’s top ten developers and has built more than 50,000 apartments since 1994.

“The best compliment we can get is when people come in and say, ‘we can’t believe this is affordable housing,’” Gertman said. “We’ve already had that response and we hope we’ll continue to do so.”

Helu Wang covers development and real estate for The Journal News/lohud and USA Today Network. Reach her at [email protected].

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