Thursday, March 10, 2011

HCR and Partners Create Green Paradise in Astoria with Completion of "HANAC George T. Douris Tower"

Even though this affordable green housing project is in Astoria Queens, it deserves mention on the BoogieDowner. It is, just over the Tri-borough. Besides providing 183 bedrooms of affordable housing it is named after Mr. George T. Douris. The late Mr. Douris was an Archon and leader in the NYC Hellenic community. Here is a photo of him in 1993 receiving the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Athenagoras I, Humanitarian Award.


(Hon. Paul Sarbanes, Archbishop Iakovos, Chris Philip, and Rev. Miltiadis Efthymiou present the Athenagoras Human Rights Award to George Douris)

State and City official gathered this week to celebrate the opening of George T. Douris Tower, a 15-floor, 183-bedroom affordable senior housing complex on Hoyt Ave. New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) worked with an impressive array of partners, and provided coordinated resources from the Low Income Tax Credit program and the Homes for Working Families program to support the development.

Brian E. Lawlor, Commissioner/CEO of HCR said, "The HANAC George T. Douris Tower illustrates the importance of mixed-use affordable housing and the difference it makes in people's lives. The integrated housing and community renewal agencies of HCR worked together to provide $2.2 million from the Homes for Working Families Program and sufficient Low Income Housing Tax Credits to leverage $18.9 million in private investment, which makes it possible for Astoria seniors to live comfortably, affordably, and independently in a place that enhances quality of life throughout the entire community."

Lawlor thanked and congratulated HCR's partners in the project, including HANAC, Inc.; Enterprise Community Partners, New York City Housing Development Corporation, and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. "The George T. Douris Tower will stand as a gleaming example of green, sustainable, affordable housing and a reminder of how the effective coordination of resources and strong partnerships can make a difference in neighborhoods across the state," he said.

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