The Sugar Hill Project, BHC’s most recent initiative, leverages the success of our integrated model which pairs permanent housing with early education and educational advocacy, and access to the arts. The 191,000sf mixed-use building designed by globally renowned architect David Adjaye is prominently located in Upper Manhattan’s Sugar Hill historic district on 155th Street, the crossroads of the traditionally African American neighborhood of Harlem and the immigrant, largely Latino communities of Washington Heights. Conceived as an oasis of stability, learning, and opportunity for children and families in an area where more than 70% of children are born into poverty, the Sugar Hill Project features:
• 124 affordable apartments
• the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
• the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool
• BHC’s third community art gallery
• a parking garage
• a seasonal green market (July-November)
BHC received more than 48,000 applications for housing at Sugar Hill. All 124 apartments have been leased to low-, very low- and extremely low-income families and single adults; 25 of these households came from the NYC homeless shelter system.
A light-filled early childhood center with the capacity to serve up to 200 children from birth to five and their families serves building residents and the wider community
The innovative Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling is dedicated to the cognitive and creative development of children ages 3-8. Exhibition, education and storytelling programs celebrate the cultural legacy of one of New York’s most important neighborhoods. Young visitors and their families are invited to engage with art and artists as they explore and share their own creative voices.
A replicable model of innovation in affordable housing and community development, BHC’s Sugar Hill Project is poised to generate transformational change for generations to come.