In 2017, as part of NYC's Department of Housing Preservation and Development's M/WBE Building Opportunity RFP, Type A was designated a 15,000 square foot site in the East Crotona neighborhood of the Bronx. The resulting project includes 114 studio and one bedroom apartments for senior-headed households earning up to 60% AMI including 35 units which are set aside for formerly homeless seniors.
The building also contains ample amenity spaces including a ground floor community room, gym and terrace with soaring views of Manhattan, floor-by-floor social nooks to sit with neighbors, and over 7,500 square feet of landscaped outdoor space. The Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) provides tenant support services and access to their extensive citywide senior programs via on-site offices. JASA also operates a 3,500 square foot geriatric mental health services center on the ground floor.
1490 Southern Boulevard was honored with a 2021 Housing Design Award from the American Institute of Architects NY and the Boston Society of Architects for a design that is "assertively and sustainably modern" and provides "dignified and affordable" homes.
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About Type A Projects/Tour Leads
Guided by the principle that every project is an opportunity to open doors and impact lives in a lasting and transformative way, Type A Projects is a woman-owned developer dedicated to building inspiring, vibrant and affordable places to live, work and learn.
Annie Tirschwell and Jill Crawford established Type A in 2013 after building over 1,000,000 SF of schools and community facilities with the nonprofit developer Civic Builders Inc. Among those developments were many award-winning designs and groundbreaking public/private partnerships with the NYC Department of Education, the NYC School Construction Authority and NYCHA. Civic Builders’ buildings continue to serve more than 10,000 low income children and their families in NYC and beyond.
Annie began her career in real estate as a key member of the Chelsea Market Building development team and manager of a 2.5 million SF adaptive re-use portfolio including the Falchi and Factory Building complex in Long Island City. She went on to develop numerous industrial buildings for the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) and to co-found Civic Builders which remains one of the nation’s most prolific charter school facility developers. At Civic, she led the creation of a portfolio valued at over $500,000,000.
Jill started her real estate career in historic preservation, managing the Upper Manhattan Historic Preservation Fund, a joint venture of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the NY Landmarks Conservancy. Through the Fund’s twenty-five restoration projects, Jill worked with a range of community institutions including Harlem’s historic Convent Avenue Baptist Church, Abyssinian Baptist Church and the Malcolm Shabazz Mosque. At Civic Builders, she focused on public/private partnerships that leveraged public capital funding with New Market Tax Credits and private philanthropy to create thousands of school seats in underserved neighborhoods.
Annie and Jill formed Type A to continue working on high-impact, creative, multi-use real estate projects that support NYC’s neighborhoods and communities. Type A has worked with a range of organizations including DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI), Harlem Village Academies, Citymeals-on-Wheels, and Industry City among others. Their current work includes Bronx Point, a co-development with L+M Development Partners, that will transform a long vacant parcel along the Harlem River into a vibrant, mixed-use building with more than 500 affordable apartments, the Universal Hip Hop Museum, a host of commercial and community facility uses and a waterfront esplanade.