Permits Filed: 1520 Boone Avenue, 290-Unit Affordable Housing Project in Crotona

1520 Boone Avenue (full block site at center, with cars), image from Bing Maps1520 Boone Avenue (full block site at center, with cars), image from Bing Maps

While YIMBY likes to highlight the market-rate development popping up throughout the northern Bronx, the units permitted still lean heavily towards the subsidized and the southern portion of the borough.

Case in point: a large 290-unit planned at 1520 Boone Avenue. Permits were filed earlier today to construct the full-block affordable housing project, bounded by Boone Avenue, East 172nd Street, West Farms Road, and East 173rd Street, near the Sheridan Expressway and the Bronx River.

The 14-story building will contain more than 260,000 square feet of residential space, yielding an average unit size of 900 square feet, with each floor containing anywhere from five to 25 apartments. At the base of the building will sit 5,500 square feet of retail space, plus a number of offices for the building superintendent, management, and social services directors.

Ownership is listed as Monadnock Development, and Dattner Architects is responsible for design.

The building was enabled by a 2011 rezoning initiated by a private applicant, allowing housing where none was allowed previously and higher residential densities in other areas in the blocks to the west of the Sheridan Expressway and Bronx River.

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