The filling in of the South Bronx continues apace, with a new building permit filing late last week on East 149th Street, right on the border between Mott Haven and Melrose.
There, Newman Design filed an application for a new 14-story affordable housing project, just west of where Prospect Avenue, Southern Boulevard, and East 149th Street converge, developed in conjunction with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The 225,000-square foot building will be quite hefty, with the square footage of a small skyscraper, but will be arranged with squatter and bulkier massing, filling about half the lot but meeting the sidewalk without any apparent setbacks.
The filing is for the first building in the third phase of the Crossroad Plaza project, and the units in the building – there will be 163 apartments in total – will be targeted to a slightly wealthier demographic than the normal affordable housing fare in this corner of the borough, according to an HPD spokesperson.
The bulk of the units (122) will be reserved for those making around 80 percent of the area median income, with 24 apartments for those making 90 percent AMI and another 17 for those at 100 percent AMI – working out to maximum yearly household incomes ranging from $50,000 for the lowest tier to $62,500 for the highest. While such income bands would be below average for wealthy Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods, in the South Bronx they’re higher than average, meaning the project will add some much-needed income diversity to a part of the city that’s still quite poor.
The project also includes 17,000 square feet of commercial space and 42 underground parking spaces.
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