First obesity fighting, eco friendly residential complex unveiled in Bronx

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NYC affordable housing helps fight obesity
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Blue Sea Development teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable multi-family housing in the Bronx with a focus on fitness that is also eco-friendly.

The first ‘anti-obesity’ housing project, called the Melody in honor of the area’s musical heritage, is the first to meet New York city’s Active Design Guidelines.

First fitness focused housing residence in Bronx eco-friendly, energy efficient’

Adding to the uniqueness of the 63 co-op units in developments is a focus on “green”.

In addition to a gym, an outdoor exercise path and a climbing and play area for children the residential facility is registered in the LEED-H multifamily midrise program and YSERDA Multifamily Performance Program (Energy Star).

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The building is constructed from environmentally sustainable, non-toxic materials, adding to the appeal.

According to Habitat for Humanity, NYC, "It will feature ENERGY STAR appliances, windows and lighting fixtures; high-efficiency condensing boilers and combined heat and power cogeneration to generate electricity and make hot water."

Fourteen of the 63 units are allocated to Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers and Habitat-NYC family partners will work on the interior of the residences.

The co-op residence marks the second partnership of its kind between Habitat for Humanity between an affiliate developer, both locally and nationally for developing affordable multi-family housing.

The ‘anti-obesity, energy efficient 8 story residential building is a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes and is located at 853 Macy Place in the Longwood section of the South Bronx. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held June 1, 2011 and is available to families whose annual income is $90,000 or less.

You can read more about New York City's energy efficient, 'green', affordable housing impetus here.

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