For 124 Families, This Lottery’s Jackpot Was an Affordable New Home in Manhattan

SUGARHILLweb1-master675The New York Times | November 21, 2014
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Anette Christopher took a few steps into her new apartment and dropped to her knees, arms stretched toward the ceiling. “It’s everything I dreamed of,” she said through her tears. “It took me a long time to be happy like this. I worked very hard for this.” After a hushed prayer of thanks, Ms. Christopher put on her eyeglasses to read and sign the lease to her home.

Ms. Christopher, 61, earns $10 an hour as a home health aide. Together, she and her 23-year-old son, Kevin Saunders, are one of the 124 families who will move over the next month into affordable housing units in the Sugar Hill Development, an Upper Manhattan building designed by the architect David Adjaye. The $80.2 million building, which is to formally open on Friday, also contains a preschool that can accommodate 200 children, and there are plans for an art museum on the ground floor.

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