Prior Work

The Times Square

The Times Square

Midtown Manhattan

Developed in 1991, The Times Square Hotel became one of the first supportive housing developments in America and the very first mixed income/mixed-use housing development. The hotel once provided affordable accommodations in the Times Square neighborhood, but had become blighted and was facing condemnation by the late 1980s.

Common Ground’s development efforts helped to transform this structure into 652-units of housing for low income and formerly homelessness residents, complete with a fitness center, medical clinic, additional tenant space and on-site social services provided by the Center for Urban Community Services.

The Times Square Hotel has been honored with The 28th Bard Award for Excellence in Architecture and The Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in the Urban Environment.

Prince George

Prince George

Midtown Manhattan

The Prince George, built as an opulent hotel in 1904, was facing bankruptcy and extensive despair by the mid-1990s. Common Ground redeveloped this space in 1999, in partnership with Parsons School of Design and Beyer, Blinder, Bell Architects in conjunctions with others.

The Times Square Hotel has been honored with The 28th Bard Award for Excellence in Architecture and The Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in the Urban Environment.

The Christopher

The Christopher

Chelsea, Manhattan

Once the site of New York City’s original YMCA residence, The Christopher was developed by Common Ground and opened its doors in 2004. This turn-of-the-century structure now features 207 units of supportive housing for workforce or formerly homeless adults, in addition to a computer lab, fitness center, green roof and garden. 40 “Foyer” units provide onsite education, career skills and life skills coaching to young adults “aging out” of the foster care system.

Schermerhorn House

Schermerhorn House

Downtown Brooklyn

Prior to its development and opening in 2009, The Schermerhorn’s location was a vacant lot in Downtown Brooklyn for 40 years. This green construction features a rooftop garden, high-efficiency boiler system and glass facade. It is home to 116 formerly homeless individuals, especially those living with HIV/AIDS. 101 units are available to low-income individuals pursuing careers in the arts. A dance studio operated by the Brooklyn Ballet, 2,000 square foot “black box” theater and social service access and case management are available onsite.

The Schermerhorn, built in partnership with The Actors Fund and Ennead Architects LLP, is the proud recipient of the 2011 AIA National Housing Award and The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Built By Women NYC Award.

The Andrews

The Andrews

Downtown Manhattan

This turn-of-the-century lodging house in New York City’s Bowery area was redeveloped in 2009 to provide safe, affordable and clean short term units to accommodate 146 men transitioning from street homelessness. The Andrews was conceptualized after interviewing 200 chronically homeless adults to identify housing approaches that could enable them to leave the streets. Clinical services are available onsite, as well as case management to assist with locating permanent housing.

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