OCV Architects is planning to team up with The Enterprise Foundation to work on Serviam Gardens — an 8 story 240-unit affordable Senior housing and mixed-use project that will recycle, reuse and redevelop 9 acres of Mount Saint Ursula’s campus in the Bronx. The project also includes adaptive reuse and restoration of an exiting Georgian style convent on the property along with a 2-phase plan to renovate and enlarge the convent by converting it into housing. The development will generate revenue benefitting the Church, the religious community and the Catholic Girl’s School of the Ursuline Mission. Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation will lease the land as part of their initiative to create more affordable housing in New York City.
Sponsored by the Enterprise Foundation, the design features of Serviam Gardens adhere to the strict standards of Enterprises’ Green Communities Initiative. Such features include a Green roof, a rain water recycling system, energy efficient lighting and cooling, and a super-insulated building envelope. The Enterprise Foundation provides over $180 million annually to develop affordable housing grants through their Rose Fellowship.