Press Release


GF55 Partners, an architecture firm based in New York City, has announced the completion of their latest affordable “green” housing development, Webb Apartments, located in the heart of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive redevelopment zone in Jersey City, New Jersey. Webb Apartments is the first 100% affordable, “green” mixed-use building in the State of New Jersey.“As experts in the Green Building / LEED system, GF55 Partners is committed to creating housing with superior environmental building technology, and we are especially satisfied to bring this to an affordable housing development,” said David E. Gross AIA, Partner of GF55. “This remarkable project is certified “Energy Star” by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and to this end, will consume 20% less energy than the standard building. Additionally, we used materials such as bamboo floors, low VOC paints and low SONE exhaust fans to improve the quality of the indoor air. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting and innovative project – the first of its kind of New Jersey.”


This cutting-edge redevelopment project, a public-private partnership between the State of New Jersey, the City of Jersey City, and US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED certified developer Karim Hutson of Genesis Companies, is built to the LEED “Silver” standards. The USGBC LEED Rating System is the nationally recognized standard for green building. A “green” home uses less energy, water, and natural resources; thereby, reducing strain on both our environment and our limited public resources. Additionally, “green” building practices offer residents a healthier living environment.

GF55 has been one of the most prolific architects in Harlem and are experts in affordable housing in gentrifying areas in Harlem. Since 2001, GF55 has designed 26 mixed income buildings including SoHa 118, Dafina, Kalahari and 2280 FDB, worth over $600 million.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the partners, please contact Glenna Gross or visit the firm’s website at

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