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Park and Elton Tree of Life


Park - 3120 Park Ave
Bronx, NY

Elton - 451 East 159th St
Bronx, NY

Project Scope



David E. Gross AIA



Photo Credits

  • Albert Vercerka/ Esto
  • Donna H. Chiarelli

High Design Input Achieved Through Creative Use of Simple Materials

Park and Elton, a development with 38 residential units consisting of two five-story buildings, correspond to the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan providing a range of affordable housing choices to support diversity. The sister buildings exemplify the goal of New York City’s affordable housing mission; providing quality housing through high design input and cost effective measures. The use of simple materials in a creative way resulted in these modest buildings. The subtle volume and height of Park and Elton maintain the human-scale of the public realm. The simple modern cornice and the differentiation of the window header detail with the application of the soldier brick pattern references the historical brick clad buildings found throughout the district.

Tree of Life Construction of the buildings included sustainable design elements and incorporated NYC Green Building Standards. Features include Energy Star appliances and lighting, high efficiency plumbing fixtures and high‐quality durable concrete plank and masonry bearing wall construction. Park and Elton are considered equivalent to LEED certified buildings.

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