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Randolph Houses conversion to kick off in Harlem

36-building complex to be reconfigured as both public and private housing
March 31, 2014 12:00PM

The city is to announce plans to begin a long-awaited conversion of the historic A. Philip Randolph Houses in Harlem today, transforming the property into a mixed-income development with both private and public housing units.

The buildings, located along 114th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, hold 452 units. The project, occurring in two phases through 2018, will transform the space into 314 units. Of the total, 147 apartments will remain public housing, while 167 will be turned into private apartments. The latter units will be reserved for families with an income not exceeding $68,700 per year.

The public housing space will be renovated first. The New York City Housing Authority donated $40 million in federal capital funding toward the first phase, expected to cost roughly $96 million. State preservation officials rejected earlier plans for the project, which led to delays.

Governor Andrew Cuomo added the Randolph Houses’ 36 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places last week. [NYT]Mark Maurer