Hope Community, Inc., a community-based not-for-profit affordable housing organization founded in 1968, whose mission is to enrich “the lives of the people who live and work in East Harlem… through cultural arts, economic development, and social service alliances” required major renovations to Canaan House its twenty-story residence. Constructed in 1976, it is home to 146 families and a Senior’s Center, and has a children’s playground, landscaped gardens and parking.
All bathrooms and kitchens received new finishes, fixtures, equipment and appliances, all selected to be sustainable and energy efficient. LED light fixtures replaced existing fixtures improving the quality of light at reduced costs. A new community room and kitchen were provided, and management offices were refurbished and expanded. The existing electrical heating system was replaced with gas fired boilers and convectors, improving performance and reducing costs. A new boiler room was created above the Senior’s Center, and new electrical wiring was installed throughout with an increase in the electrical service. Deteriorated brick and mortar was replaced on all facades. A new roof was provided and roof exhaust fans replaced. Twenty months of construction were required, with tenants remaining in place.