The HANAC Corona Senior Residence, is a new 68-unit affordable housing apartment building for seniors designed by think! Architecture and Design, located at 54-17 101st Street in Corona, Queens; the building will meet the NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Standards for Energy Star Certification as well as the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, and will also be the first affordable senior housing development in the United States to meet the Passive House Institute design standards. The building is being constructed by Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Inc. and it will open in the spring of 2018.
The upper floors of this new construction are designated to very low income seniors, earning no more than 50 percent of the Area Median Income; in addition 30 percent of the total building units (21) are to be set aside specifically for vulnerable seniors.
The ground floor of the building will be a childhood facility to be administered by the New York City School Construction Authority. The back of the building shall include a rear yard with a vegetable garden, seating and tables for residents, and a children’s natural play area. An additional open space, exclusive for the seniors, shall be located on the fifth floor terrace that is accessible through a community room, where various resident service activities will be permitted to take place.