Urban Quotient

Teen Youth Club

New York, NY
Brownstone Renovation & Conversion
Project Team: UQ, CLoTH, Warnke CC & Alembic Development

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As part of  CLoTH’s (Community League of the Heights) ongoing community development efforts in Washington Heights, Urban Quotient has been asked to study development possibilities for an abandoned brownstone on West 159th Street. In partnership with Warnke Community Consulting & Alembic Development, UQ’s proposal would convert the residential structure into a community facility for teen and youth programs, including art programs, after-school programs, and counseling services. The renovated brownstone would provide a safe place for teen and youths in the area to gather, socialize, and receive assistance and advice.

In the current proposal the building acts as a focal point for the interaction of community activity on the street with the new youth-related facility and programs. At the ground level, outswing doors open up the first two levels of the building, where all of the performance and social gathering functions will be held. Inside, the typical residential floor slabs are opened up, allowing for a visual and spatial connection vertically through the building between all of the elements.

Currently, the project team is working towards securing funds for acquisition of the property, with a target of 2012 for beginning the renovation and conversion