Transforming Lives with Transforming Furniture
Resource Furniture to fully furnish eight apartments designated for formerly-homeless veterans in Carmel Place, NYC’s first micro-apartment building
NYC-based Resource Furniture is proud to announce a major donation of complete home furnishings for eight studio apartments designated for homeless veterans in Monadnock Development’s new Carmel Place micro-apartment building.
Located at 335 East 27th St. in Kips Bay, the nine-story development, designed by Brooklyn based nARCHITECTS,
is comprised of 55 units, 40% of which are set aside for affordable housing, with eight apartments designated for Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH).
The eight veterans’ apartments, each ranging from 276 to 355 square feet, will be custom furnished by Resource Furniture with beautifully designed, high quality, European-made furnishings, including a Penelope Sofa wall bed, designed and made in Italy by Clei. Dual-function Penelope Sofa features a comfortable, five-foot sofa with a hidden queen wall bed that seamlessly opens with one hand. Additional furnishings will include a coffee table that converts into a work table and dining table; dining chairs; and additional seating and furnishings. The combination of smartly-designed, multifunctional pieces in each apartment maximize every square foot and will allow these small spaces to function like a home twice the size.
“Each member of our nation’s military deserve a warm welcome, heartfelt gratitude, and a safe home to return to. This admirable donation by Resource Furniture will help veterans living in this development make a smooth transition back to civilian life. I want to thank our partners for helping those who risk their lives for our nation make these homes their own.” said New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Vicki Been.
“With this donation, we knew that we had an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable – and worthy – fellow New Yorkers.” said Steve Spett, Co-Founder of Resource Furniture. “We are providing the same high-end furnishings for the veterans’ apartments as in the market-rate units in the building. We share Mayor De Blasio’s commitment to ending veteran homelessness, and we are honored to be able to do our part.”
In April, 2016 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the official creation of the New York City Department of Veterans' Services, which will expand the city’s role in serving the needs of its 225,000 veterans.
“Providing housing to our homeless veterans isn’t just about putting a roof over their heads. It’s about giving them the best possible environment to rebuild their lives with the dignity and support that they deserve.” said Retired Brigadier General, Dr. Loree Sutton, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services. “Thanks to Monadnock and Resource Furniture the veterans at Carmel Place will have just such an environment with beautiful new homes, inside and out.”
In addition to the fully-furnished apartments, an all-inclusive living experience, Ollie™, is being provided at no cost to the veterans. All veterans will receive weekly housekeeping and a visit from a Hello Alfred personal butler (performing tasks such as making the bed, re-stocking groceries, doing the dishes, etc.), hi-speed Wi-Fi and standard cable, among other amenities.
About Carmel Place
Carmel Place is the winner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s adAPT NYC competition, created as part of the administration’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to introduce additional choices within New York City’s housing market and accommodate the city’s growing population of one- and two-person households. The winning development team of Monadnock Development LLC, the Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, and nARCHITECTS was chosen in 2013 through a competitive Request for Proposals to design, construct and operate the micro-unit apartment building which is located on a formerly City-owned site.
Carmel Place focuses on quality and livability through features that highlight the use of space, light, and air, such as 9’-8” floor-to-ceiling heights and Juliet balconies. Shared amenities will include a gym at ground floor level, a den, community room and public roof terrace, bicycle storage, tenant storage room and separate storage lockers dispersed throughout the building, and a small garden.
About Resource Furniture
As a leader in the shift towards more efficient, flexible housing, Resource Furniture is firmly committed to sponsoring, mentoring and supporting non-profit organizations and educational institutions and programs that focus on the increasingly important issues associated with housing and sustainability.
For more than 15 years, Resource Furniture has been the original and largest source for cutting-edge, multi-functional living systems in North America. With showrooms in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Mexico City, Resource Furniture continues to redefine and revolutionize the industry, providing the finest technologically innovative, space-saving and sustainable products available in the world, all of which transform any space with both beauty and functionality. Visit resourcefurniture.com.
About Monadnock Development
Monadnock Development is a leader in the creation of affordable and market-rate housing in New York. They serve a wide variety of New Yorkers by taking on complex projects that improve their neighborhoods, specializing in sustainable low-income housing, middle-income rentals and home-ownership, and market-rate rentals and condominiums. Combining development, construction, financial, and architectural expertise, the Monadnock team has created thousands of units across the City, including New York's first micro unit building, Carmel Place, entire new neighborhoods in Nehemiah Spring Creek, and New York's largest middle-income development in decades in Hunter's Point South. For more information on Monadnock Development, visit monadnockdevelopment.com
nARCHITECTS, PLLC, is a Brooklyn based architecture office led by Principals Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang. Founded with the aim of joining innovative concepts, social responsibility and technical innovation in addressing contemporary issues, the diverse work of the award winning practice encompasses architecture, interiors, and urban design. Recent projects include Carmel Place - New York City’s first micro unit building, the renovation of Chicago Navy Pier, the forthcoming Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn, and a 30 story residential tower in Hong Kong currently under construction. nARCHITECTS was listed in 2014 as one of the top 50 architecture firms in the US by Architect Magazine, with a ranking of 7th in the design category. In 2012, World Architecture News named nARCHITECTS “part of a select group crowned to lead the next generation of designers in the 21st century.” Visit www.narchitects.com
Ollie™ is a micro-housing and co-living specialist platform in partnership with leading institutional real estate investors and developers, that revolutionizes the living experience for urban renters. Ollie’s “all-inclusive living experience” combines thoughtfully appointed furnished micro-studios and co-living suites with extraordinary lifestyle-relevant services, abundant amenities and unique community engagement activities. For more information visit ollie.co.
About New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough Ten-Year Plan to create and preserve 200,000 affordable units for New Yorkers at the very lowest incomes to those in the middle class. For more information visit www.nyc.gov/hpd and for regular updates on HPD news and services, connect with us via www.facebook.com/nychpd and www.twitter.com/nychousing.
About the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS)
The Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) is dedicated to improving the lives of New York City veterans and their families. Marshalling the collective resources of the City of New York, the Department strives to: expand education and career opportunities for veterans through a rapidly growing network of public, private, and non-profit partners; ensure that they have access to the benefits, resources and services they need throughout the City; cultivate an integrative health model to ensure the physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of veterans and their families; and connect homeless and at-risk veterans with permanent housing and support services.