From: Community Environmental Center
Published April 30, 2013 05:39 PM

Community Environmental Center joins the team constructing micro-unit housing model in Manhattan

Long Island City, NY – Community Environmental Center (CEC), a Queens not-for-profit that brings energy efficiency and green building solutions to New York City’s residential buildings, has joined the team constructing innovative, space-efficient micro-units in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood, announced Richard Cherry, President of CEC, and Alphonse Lembo,  Project Manager of Monadnock, which submitted the winning proposal to New York City and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

“CEC’s role in this innovative project will be to consult on sustainability, for certification under both the LEED and Green Communities standards and, working with Taitem Engineering in Albany, to consult on energy modeling,” said Cherry. “We are proud to be part of the team bringing this excellent new approach to affordable housing in New York City.”

“We welcome CEC to the development team and, once again, we are grateful to the City and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development for selecting our bid from such a competitive pool,” said Alphonse Lembo, Project Manager of Monadnock. “It’s an honor to pilot a program with so much potential to change, for the better, the way we think of housing in New York City.”

 Monadnock was selected through a competitive Request for Proposals called adAPT NYC, to design, construct and operate the city’s first micro-unit apartment building on a City-owned site at 335 East 27th Street in Manhattan.  Built with modular construction, prefabricated by Capsys at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the project will provide 55 new micro-units, 40 percent of which will be affordable beyond the competitive market rates. 

In addition to Capsys, Monadnock is partnering with the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, which will offer the micro-units to people who work in the performing arts and entertainment industries, and are often in need of safe, affordable places to live and work.

About Community Environmental Center:   CEC, a Queens-based not-for-profit that recently won the EPA’s prestigious 2013 Environmental Quality Award, brings energy efficiency to residential buildings and homes in the tri-state area. Founded by Richard Cherry in 1994, the company is the largest provider of weatherization under New York State’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). For more information, please visit

About Monadnock: Established in 1975, Monadnock has steadily grown over the years into one of the largest and most reputable residential contractors and developers in the New York area. In that time Monadnock has built and developed over 10,000 units of housing , including luxury hi-rises, modular and site-built town homes, mid-rise affordable housing, dormitories, supportive housing, and senior housing. For more information, please visit

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