Sendero Verde

Client Jonathan Rose Companies, L+M Development Partners, Acacia Network
Location New York City, NY
Status Under Construction

Sendero Verde is an innovative concept in affordable housing, providing a "community of opportunity" to East Harlem residents.

Located in East Harlem in New York City, Sendero Verde is a mixed-use multi-building project awarded through the City’s SustainNYC program, which seeks to create affordable housing for New Yorkers without compromising design quality.

Sendero Verde will contain 709 designated affordable units as well as extensive community space, retail space, and outdoor gardens. A school will also be operating in the space, as well as supportive programming operated by Union Settlement, which is one of the oldest settlement houses in New York City. Ground floor retail will wrap the site.

In taking a cue from an historical trail that once crossed through the site, the project is arranged around a central meandering landscaped path, which weaves through the project from Park Avenue to the western end of 111th Street and Madison Avenue. The massing is broken down into three separate volumes which frame this path, creating a central courtyard. This courtyard spills out onto different levels, creating opportunities for individual community gardens.

Sendero Verde will be Passive House certified, making it the largest fully affordable Passive House building in the world when it is completed.

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Community of Opportunity

The concept behind Sendero Verde is that by providing a variety of opportunities and support services under one roof, we can work to break the cycle of poverty that disrupts so many people’s lives. This "Community of Opportunity" is woven throughout the project and is reflected in both the types of spaces that are offered, and in how those spaces are arranged. Each intrinsic program element will retain its own individuality, but because of their juxtaposition and linking will yield something greater.

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An outdoor path links to the building programs creating a synergy between internal and external spaces.
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Sendero Verde will offer a variety of community facilities, which will serve to pull the neighborhood into the development.


2021 American Architecture Award - The Chicago Athenaeum Multi-Family Award of Merit - USGBC, Connecticut Chapter 2019 Winner, Unbuilt Green Category, Best of Design Awards - The Architect's Newspaper Buildings of Excellence Winner: Late Design Phase - NYSERDA


Sep 24,2022 Sendero Verde’s 34-Story Second Phase Progresses At 50 East 112th Street In East Harlem, Manhattan (NY YIMBY) Read Sep 01,2022 Construction Update: Sendero Verde (Field Condition) Read Jul 15,2022 Construction Update: Sendero Verde (Field Condition) Read Feb 07,2022 Handel Architects complete a mixed-use building project that helps create affordable housing in New York City (Global Design News) Read Dec 16,2021 Sendero Verde: World's largest affordable Passive House project takes shape in East Harlem (CityRealty) Read Nov 02,2021 Sendero Verde wins American Architecture Award Read May 06,2021 Advocates of public housing push for a rebrand that draws connections to the Green New Deal (The Architect's Newspaper) Read Jan 11,2021 Affordable Housing: Sendero Verde, New York, NY (Passive House Accelerator) Read Nov 23,2020 Phase One Of The 100% Affordable Housing Development Sendero Verde Tops Out In Harlem (NY YIMBY) Read Mar 06,2020 In these super-sustainable new apartments, you may never pay a heating bill (Curbed) Read Dec 19,2019 2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Unbuilt — Green Building (The Architect's Newspaper) Read Oct 31,2019 Sendero Verde wins NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Award Read Jul 12,2019 Counting Down to a Green New York (The New York Times) Read Jun 27,2019 East Harlem Affordable Homes Bring Green Tech, Social Services (Bloomberg) Read Jun 12,2018 Passive House buildings go from small to extra-large (treehugger) Read Jun 11,2017 Striving for Energy-Efficiency in New York (Wall Street Journal) Read


Design Architect Architect of Record Interior Designer

Project Team

Blake Middleton, Deborah Moelis, Louis Koehl, Ryan Lobello, Han Cho, Meari Kim, Richard Karsten

Design Partner(s)

Landscape Architect - AECOM


Passive House Certified


Jim Piatt Volley