Topping Out! Broadway Housing’s New Sugar Hill Building

On a beautiful Friday, May 10, 2013, Broadway Housing Communities, Inc. of West Harlem, held its Topping Out and Tree Planting Ceremony to mark the frame completion of its newest project. When completed in 2014, the 13 storey Sugar Hill structure will be in the words of Councilmember Robert Jackson, Broadway Housing’s first “building from scratch.”

Located on West 155th St. and St. Nicholas Avenue, It will provide 124 units of affordable housing, a children’s museum and early childhood education center. The rooftop that gives panoramic views of upper Manhattan stretching across to downtown New York City, the Bronx, and Westchester County, will grace an urban garden. Broadway Housing intends to have 25 units reserved for homeless families.

Financing partners, contributors, sponsors, supporters, elected officials, and construction workers joined the ceremony to toast another symbol of progress in West Harlem with a demonstration of appreciation for Broadway Housing’s work in providing affordable housing. Under the leadership of Ellen Baxter, since its inception in 1983, Broadway Housing has renovated and commissioned 6 buildings providing over 300 housing units. These significant achievements were not lost to US Congressman Charles Rangel, NY State Assemblyman Denny Farrell, City Councilmember Robert Jackson, and Community Board 9 Chairperson, Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas, all of who spoke glowingly of Ellen and her team. The Sugar Hill project is designed by Architect David Adjaye who has the honor of designing the National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. 

Kofi Boateng and West Harlem Local Development Corporation were introduced as funding the $45,000  of outreach by Broadway to properly locate and qualify the prospective tenants for the Sugar Hill building among other activities. Attendees of the event participated in the symbolic planting of an evergreen tree and signing an artistic mural.

Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas left the audience with hope of empowerment:

“Remember that the strength of our community and the success of our children begin in our homes. That is precisely the logic behind Broadway Housing’s plan to integrate a Pre-K school and children’s museum in its housing projects from here going forward. They are bringing the lessons learned elsewhere to this comprehensive site on Sugar Hill.”

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