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Paul Williams YMCA Rehab Opening in Historic South-Central

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The adaptive reuse of the lovely old Twenty-Eighth Street YMCA is a little ahead of schedule, set to open on December 3 (rather than in 2013). Architecture firm Koning Eizenberg designed the project, which rehabilitates and adds to the 1926 building designed by the great Paul Williams--it'll end up with 48 studio units of affordable housing and one manager unit, plus supportive services for tenants and community space on the groundfloor, a restored gym, and a rooftop garden. According to Clifford Beers Housing, which is developing the project with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, they're bringing the building up to "modern standards so that it can once again serve the surrounding community by providing adults, youth transitioning out of the foster care system and special needs adults with an affordable place to live."

Originally, the units in the YMCA building were small (85 to 110 square feet) and had shared bathrooms on each floor. The new units, on the original building's second through fourth floors and in a rear addition, will be about 308 square feet each and have their own bathrooms and kitchenettes.

The YMCA is a city, state, and federal landmark--it's one of the few remaining clubs founded for African-Americans (and is notable too for being designed by Williams, one of the first black architects).


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