Ribbon cutting ceremony for El Rio in the Bronx (197969)
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Health and human service not-for-profit Comunilife opens its newest supportive and affordable housing building in the Bronx.

El Rio Residence, located at 1041 E. 179th St. in West Farms, includes 65 units total with 39 studio apartments for New Yorkers living with special needs and 26 studio apartments for low-income residents. Amenities include a community room, laundry, back garden, staff offices and 24/7 security.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility was attended by Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene, Assembly Member Luis R. Sepúlveda, HUD’s Deputy Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Mirza Orriols, Chairperson of Comunilife’s Board of Directors Carlos R. Piñeiro and others.

El Rio is NYSERDA certified and follows the Enterprise Green Communities guidelines. The building incorporates energy-efficient features, including low-flow fixtures, bi-level lights in hallways, low VOC paint, FSC certified wood, energy star appliances, native vegetation in the recreational areas, erosion control during construction and construction materials with high recycled content.

The residential building is completely occupied but single adults interested in putting their name on the wait list should send a letter to El Rio Residence c/o Comunilife 214 W. 29th St. 8th Fl New York, NY 10001.