By Gregg McQueen
They were grooving at the groundbreaking.
One East Harlem, a mixed-use development with more than 400 units of housing, has officially broke ground – and young members of Groove With Me, a local dance troupe, joined in to perform and mark the occasion.
Though construction officially got underway in February, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thurs., April 25th that included developers, city officials and community stakeholders.
When completed, the building will feature 300 units of affordable housing, including 27 units for the formerly homeless. Residents will have access to a fitness center, business center, roof deck and bike room.
Included also are 10,000 square feet of public space and 5,000 feet of cultural space, occupied by Groove With Me, a development organization that offers free dance classes for young women.
Located on the corner of East 125th Street and Third Avenue, the project is expected to offer residents approximately 65,000 square feet of retail, anchored by a Food Bazaar supermarket. “It’s really exciting because this is really transformative,” Kristin Miller, President of developer Richman Group, said of the project. “It really will change forever the community and bring resources that are needed.”
About 100 of the apartments will be market rate. Of the affordable units, 70 percent of them will be affordable in perpetuity.