On behalf of Unique People Services Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team, and agency staff, we are excited to share our vision of our newest supportive housing development, 2050 Grand Concourse.
Unique People Services (UPS) is a New York City social impact organization. We are dedicated to providing a home and supportive services to individuals and families with challenging and special needs that have been denied compassionate treatment elsewhere.
As an integrated housing residence, our 2050 Grand Concourse project, seeks to empower New Yorkers to improve their financial security, household stability and address the various social determinates of health in support of strong families and communities.
2050 Grand Concourse is a winner in New York State’s inaugural Buildings of Excellence competition for the design, construction and operation of a low carbon emitting multifamily building. Administered by NYSERDA, the competition supports New York State’s climate and energy goals under Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal, which puts the state on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality and mandates an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Our established history, our standard of excellence, and relationships with various stakeholders in NYC and the Bronx give us an advantage in our ability to effectively and efficiently help vulnerable New Yorkers meet their essential needs and advance economically.
Since 1991, UPS has dedicated our work to providing exceptional programs and services to unique segments of the New York City population. Our 2050 Grand Concourse project allows us to continue to fulfill our mission of providing holistic service dedication to the needs of the people we serve. As we evolve, we endeavor to continually seek opportunities for expansion that offer housing and support services to a greater number of people.
Located in the Mt. Hope-Fordham-Tremont community of the Bronx, the 13-story building is approximately 87,000 SF and is a blended population and mixed-income building with 96 apartments serving low and moderate-income households as well as provide single adult supportive housing apartment units.
As a LEED Gold, sustainable development, 2050 Grand Concourse will provide apartments for low-income households being priced out of the area, bring higher-earning families into the area, and leverage the spending power of 50 UPS employees (including eight building and support service staff for the residential portion of the building) to invigorate local businesses.
The gateway project will also offer access to free WiFi, and multi-use event space within UPS’s community facility, thus activating a vacant segment of an otherwise vibrant commercial corridor. The sustainable design strategies, like green roofs, will also demonstrate a focus on health and wellness by lowering the building’s carbon footprint, immediately having a positive impact on air quality, and reducing energy bills for residents.
The residential development will include an on-site laundry opening onto a landscaped outdoor terrace in the rear yard, a community room on the 11th floor opening onto a landscaped garden terrace, and a bicycle storage room in the basement. The community facility component on three levels will house the relocated headquarters and social service programs for Unique People Services as well as community amenities for area residents and organizations.
Robert Sanborn Development
Magnusson Architecture and Planning (MAP)
Bruno Frustaci Contracting
Olive Branch Consulting
NYS Home and Community Renewal
Supportive Housing Opportunity Program
Bank of America
The Richman Group
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
The Corporation of Supportive Housing
Homeless Housing & Assistance Program administered by OTDA
Human Resource Administration
Office of Mental Health
Learn more on Unique People Services’ website.