Nestled on a triangular site in a verdant area of Queens near the Evergreens and Cypress Hills cemeteries, the Cypress Avenue Residence is a new 5-story, 51,000 square foot supportive and affordable housing facility. Building residents will have full access to amenities including an exercise room, recreation room, rooftop garden, and counseling offices. With a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments totaling 66 units, the project is being developed by WellLife Network and CSD Housing with funding from NYC HPD using 9% low-income housing tax credits.

The triangular shape of the site was especially challenging to develop and required a zoning variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals in order to allow a viable amount of units. The innovative triangular core and shell design maximized the window walls, thereby maximizing the number of units that can efficiently be provided. The interior public spaces are designed to be vibrant and modern, while the façade incorporates warm brick features accented by classical cast stone banding to fit within the context of the low-lying residential neighborhood of Glendale, Queens.

The Cypress Avenue Residence was designed and managed by our staff at UAI with Monica Lopez Architect, LLC acting as the Architect of Record.  All images are courtesy of Monica Lopez Architect, LLC.

  • Location

    80-97 Cypress Avenue
    Glendale, NY

  • Client

    WellLife Network
    CSD Housing

  • Agency


  • Year Completed

    2021 (anticipated)

  • Cost

    ~$17 million

  • Team

    Monica Lopez Architect, LLC
    Liz Farrell Landscape Architecture, PLLC