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Harlem's Philip's Senior House Remains Affordable

Cyril Josh Barker | 7/31/2014, 5:26 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the preservation of Philip’s Senior House, a 14-story Mitchell Lama building with 200 units in central Harlem. As part of its rehabilitation and modernization, Philip’s Senior House will also remain affordable for low- and moderate-income seniors for 40 years.

Before the renovation, the Philip’s Senior House complex, at 220 W. 133rd St., sat nearly 50 percent vacant, after years of deferred maintenance. In 2012, New York State Homes and Community Renewal provided more than $22.6 million in tax exempt bonds, $1.8 million in subsidy and $1.19 million in an annual allocation of low-income housing tax credits for the Philip’s Senior House refinancing and revitalization, allowing for all units in the complex to be upgraded. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided $124,500 in energy efficiency incentives. Total development costs for the renovation were $38.9 million.

The project was completed by Blue Sea Development, LLC. The scope of the rehabilitation also includes replacement of the roof, repainting of the entire facade, new windows, new air conditioner sleeves, a new intercom system, refurbishing the two-passenger elevators and a new security camera system.