Big Week at ESKW/A

It’s been a busy week here at ESKW/A, as two of our current projects celebrated important milestones in their construction.

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On Tuesday, we broke ground on 233 Landing Road, an innovative project for the Bowery Residents’ Committee which will be the first of its kind to blend affordable housing and a shelter.  The hybrid model is being developed under Mayor de Blasio’s HomeStretch initiative to provide permanent housing for very low-income New Yorkers.  Team members Kimberly Murphy, Moses Ragasa, Melissa Rousse, and Martin Galindez are looking forward to this exciting next stage of the project.

You can read more about the ceremony and the upcoming project in this article covering the event from the Observer.

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As Landing Road began, close by in the Bronx another new building was coming to completion.  The True Colors Bronx residence, a West End Residences project, celebrated its official opening with modest fanfare.

Cyndi Lauper, an outspoken advocate for homeless LGBT rights, was in exuberant attendance, as were representatives from the owner’s representative, Artemis Development, and the general contractor, DP Group.

Project Architect Kimberly Murphy and team architect Marcella Yee were happy to attend the celebration for a project of which ESKW/A is very proud.

Read more about the event as it was covered by Bronx News 12 here.

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Building Blocks of Inspiration: the BRC Gala

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Earlier this month we were happy to announce our upcoming partnership with the Bowery Residents’ Committee in their revolutionary proposed housing endeavor, Landing Road.  Now, as the initial zoning and feasibility studies are complete, it’s time for Project Manager Kimberly Murphy and her team to look for the sources of inspiration that will drive the design of this project forward.  And inspiration is in no short supply.

Kimberly describes the uplifting event – the BRC fundraising Gala in June – that kicked off the project initially:

“The Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) held their annual fundraising Gala at the Mondrian Hotel on Columbus Circle. Andrew, Randy, Kimberly, Kerry, and Martin were pleased to support BRC and represent ESKW/A at the event. Emcee Robert Kind (actor from Curb your Enthusiasm and Spin City) shared his dilemma when faced with homeless persons he encounters on the street with his children because he didn’t want to just give a hand out. His dilemma was solved when he met BRC because he learned how to give a hand up, not just a hand out.

“A beautifully created short film featuring one of BRC’s clients told the story of just one of the many homeless helped by BRC and made the point that all homeless have a story to tell if you’re willing to listen. Garland was a special guest at the Gala and was proud to share his journey with all the supporters of the organization.

“Muzzy Rosenblatt, CEO of BRC, thanked all the supporters and described the challenge faced by BRC’s formerly homeless clients: affordable housing. Graduates from BRC have done everything they are supposed to do: they are clean, they have jobs (although low-paying), and they are off the streets. However they can’t afford to live in this city. Enter BRC’s newest project: Project Hope. Located on Landing Road in the Bronx, this new building will provide not only 200 beds and support services to the homeless, but in an innovative model set forth by Mayor Bill De Blasio, the building will also provide affordable housing which will assist in funding the shelter on the ground floor.ESKW Kimberly front

“ESKW/A was thrilled to be selected as the architect for the project. Muzzy explained that all but $200,000 has been raised to purchase the site and called on attendees to pony up and donate the balance. And on the spot he was able to raise the remaining funds for Landing Road.

“It was a stellar evening of support for an organization we are proud to be connected to. The view from the 35th floor overlooking Columbus Circle wasn’t too shabby either. You know it was an impressive night of fund raising when we recall all of these wonderful details with the distraction of the Lego building block door prizes sitting in front of us. You can’t expect Architects to pay much attention to the program when you put Legos in front of them, so well done, BRC!”

 

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The ESKW representatives at the Gala.  From the left: Randy Wood, Martin Galindez, Kimberly Murphy, Kerry Zucker, and Andrew Knox