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Yonkers, County, State and Federal Officials Celebrate Grand Opening of Affordable Senior Housing

From left, Sharmi Sobhan, Managing Director, Chase Community Development Banking; Yonkers City Councilwoman Tasha Diaz, Denise Egiziaco, Yonkers Housing Authority Board Member and Mayor Spano’s Chief of Staff; HUD Regional Administrator Alicka Ampry-Samuel; Westchester County Executive George Latimer; Mulford Corporation President Wilson Kimball; Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano; Mulford Corporation Chairman James Landy; NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins; Alexa Sewell, Senior Vice President for Multifamily Programs NYS Homes and Community Renewal; Yonkers Housing Authority Commissioner Joan Deierlein; Dan Magnison of Enterprise Community Partners; Yonkers City Council President Lakisha Collins-Bellamy, and Westchester Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins

Officials from the City of Yonkers, New York State, Westchester County, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the NYS Homes and Community Renewal joined this week with the Mulford Corporation on July 9 to celebrate the grand opening of La Mora Senior Housing, one of the few affordable housing projects in the nation that uses energy saving Passive House design in a modular construction format.

Located at 23 Mulberry Street, the $48 million, four-story building has 60 energy efficient, affordable apartments for seniors. La Mora Senior Housing was built by the non-profit Mulford Corporation, which works with the Yonkers Housing Authority to develop, manage and facilitate affordable housing.

Passive House design is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency which results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. It is estimated to achieve 40-60 percent energy savings over a conventional building design.

“The Mulford Corporation is incredibly grateful for the financial support La Mora has received at every level of government from the city, county, state and federal government. Allowing Yonkers seniors to age in place in the most resilient housing possible was clearly a collective vision,” said Wilson Kimball, President of Mulford Corporation and Yonkers Housing Authority. Kimball serves on the BCW Board of Directors.

“The grand opening of this beautiful new senior housing development is yet another example of how the City of Yonkers and the Mulford Corporation are working together to revitalize our neighborhoods with affordable, quality-built housing. We applaud the Passive House sustainable design incorporated into the construction, which is in line with the City’s climate action plan for sustainable growth,” said Mayor Mike Spano.

NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “La Mora Senior Apartments will ensure that more low-income seniors in Yonkers have safe, sustainable, and affordable housing options along with essential services. This development not only addresses the housing needs of our aging population but also sets a benchmark for energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. By integrating advanced design and construction standards, we are ensuring that our seniors can enjoy comfortable, secure, and modern homes while contributing to a greener future. I am proud to lead a State Senate dedicated to creating more affordable housing, from approving over $26 million in state funding for this project, to the historic housing plan passed in the 2025 State Budget.”

The apartments include low-flow plumbing fixtures, Energy Star appliances, individual high-efficiency electric heat and cooling, and LED lighting. The building has a high-efficiency envelope, dual-pane insulated windows, and a central hot water heating and distribution system. An emergency generator will ensure that the building systems remain operable in the event of a blackout. In addition to the energy saving features, other amenities include a community room with kitchen, two business rooms, fitness center, central laundry, building-wide WIFI, storage units, landscaped courtyard and roof top deck.

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