Upgrades to Harlem Tenement Block for Jonathan Rose Companies


Since 2018, BSA has been working with noted developer, Jonathan Rose Companies [JRCo]; to upgrade their ten-building , 198-unit complex on West 135th Street, a storied Harlem block capped by the Schomburg Library on the East and the Harlem YMCA to the West.

Initially brought in as local architects for Construction Phase services on a limited-scope improvement package, our work has expanded to include new entrance stoop design and a property-wide condition assessment.

This comprehensive scoping exercise demonstrates the care and concern by the Jonathan Rose Companies for its tenants and its commitment to creating and maintaining high standards in its affordable housing. The ongoing work also showcases their commitment to environmentally-conscious management, with the integration of energy-efficient lighting and renewable, locally-sourced materials.

Our conditions assessment on 135th Street is being led by associate, Dyana Berthaud. She is visiting every apartment, meeting every tenant, and reviewing construction with the JRCo team throughout the entire complex.  We look forward to completing this review soon and working with JRCo and the Tenants Association to create a blueprint for implementing its findings.

We are honored and grateful to the Jonathan Rose Companies for choosing us to do this vital work on this important site, and appreciative of their care in creating Covid-compliant protocols with us for the inspections. We are also thankful for the cooperation of the tenants association and the residents for respecting Covid protocols as we do these inspections in their homes.

Upgrades to Harlem Tenement Block for Jonathan Rose Companies