The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers (MHACY) and The Community Builders (TCB) announced the selection of Monica Lopez Uran, AIA, LEED AP, Principal of Monica Lopez Architect, LLC, as the architect for Phase VI of the Ridgeway Redevelopment of Cottage Place Gardens.
Monica, who has been a professional architect in New York City for nearly 30 years, has an extensive portfolio that includes publicly-funded housing, schools, residential and commercial renovations, and private apartment developments. Her firm is certified as a Minority/Women-Owned Business (M/WBE) by New York City and New York State.
“We are delighted to have been selected to be part of Phase VI of the Ridgeway Redevelopment of Cottage Place Gardens, one of the largest affordable housing revitalization projects in the region. Our professional team is ready and committed to transforming the project’s vision into an exceptional, sustainable and socially responsible design, said Monica Lopez Uran, Principal of Monica Lopez Architect, LLC.
“MHACY is excited to be working with Monica Lopez whose experience, design aesthetic and commitment to environmental sustainability fit perfectly with our vision for Phase VI,” said Wilson Kimball, President and CEO of MHACY.
MHACY and TCB are redeveloping Cottage Place Gardens, a 256-unit distressed public housing complex, into The Ridgeway, a mixed-income community of choice in the heart of Southwest Yonkers. The original development consisted of 14 campus-style walk-up apartment buildings constructed in 1945, but which were severely deteriorated and in need of replacement.
This project has received strong support from all levels of government. To date, the City of Yonkers has provided the project with $3.3 million in City HOME funds and $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funding. In addition, the Westchester County Housing Implementation Fund committed up to $5 million for construction of the open space and infrastructure and New York State Empire State Development provided a grant of $2.5 million.