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WellLife Network Breaks Ground on 66 Unit Mixed-Use Apartment Complex in Queens

September 18, 2020



It’s official, WellLife Network broke ground on its 66 apartment Cypress Avenue mixed-use apartment complex. Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony – (L-R) From L. Riso & Sons, Co. Inc - Craig Elka, Field Superintendent and Manny Papadopoulos, Project Manager; Monica Lopez, Monica Lopez Architect, LLC; James Riso, Vice President, L. Riso & Sons, Co. Inc; representing CSD Housing, LLC – Mike Dehmler, Managing Member, and Michael Newman, Director of Program Development; representing WellLife Network – Sherry Tucker, CEO; Alan M. Weinstock, former CEO; Steve Bernstein, WellLife Network Board Member; Dianne Camelo, Esq., Partner, Levy, Stopol & Camelo, LLC; from WellLife Network – Andrew Carbonara, VP, General Services; Ray Morell, Director, Facilities Mgmt.; Ken Cummings, Facilities Manager; Karen Gorman, VP, Property Mgmt. and New Program Development; Crystal John, VP, Behavioral Health Residential Services; Lori Alameda, CFO; Willie Scott, VP, Public Affairs, and Jianwei Chen, Sr. Controller.  

WellLife Network Breaks Ground on 66 Unit Mixed-Use Apartment Complex in Queens

On September 15, 2020, WellLife Network broke ground on its Cypress Avenue mixed-use housing apartment complex. This complex features 66 apartments, 40 of which will be used to offer safe and secure housing for members of the community with special needs. Twenty-six apartments will provide housing for low-income individuals or families. This life-changing initiative will target New York’s most vulnerable citizens in need of supportive housing. The complex will feature a rooftop garden, forest-like landscaping, a communal event room, an exercise facility, and a high-tech laundromat.

WellLife Network Awarded 15/15 Rental and Tax Credit Assistance

WellLife Network’s Cypress Avenue Supportive Housing Project has been awarded more than $754,000 from the NYC Human Resources Administration through its 15/15 Rental Assistance program. This project offers a rental subsidy to provide rental assistance to eligible households living in units awarded social service funding through HRA. WellLife Network was also awarded a 9% tax credit reservation agreement from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program provides a dollar-for-dollar reduction in federal income tax liability for investors in rental housing that serves very low-income and low-income households.

Sherry Tucker, CEO WellLife Network stated, “The Cypress mixed-use housing complex will add value to this neighborhood while providing residents with beautiful apartments for themselves and their families. The timeless design of the structure will fit seamlessly into the site and become an integral part of the fabric of the neighborhood.

WellLife Network’s Cypress Avenue housing complex offers 66 mixed-use residences that provides affordable housing, in a park-like setting, for individuals with low income and special needs. Architectural rendering courtesy - Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC

Partnerships Make It Happen

This building will become a reality through a joint partnership among state and city supporters. Funding for this project was made possible through New York City and The Richman Group. WellLife Network is proud to partner with CSD Housing, LLC, a leader in building affordable housing communities. The design of this very contemporary structure was created by Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC (UAI), in conjunction with Monica Lopez Architect, LLC and contracted by L. Riso & Sons Co., Inc.

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