25-Unit Building Planned for 520 East 236th Street, Woodlawn

520 East 236th Street, image from Google Maps520 East 236th Street, image from Google Maps

An application was filed on Friday for a new 25-unit rental building at 520 East 236th Street, in the Woodlawn section of the northern Bronx. Situated a few blocks from Metro-North’s Harlem Line station of the same name, the apartment building would be only the second built in the neighborhood in over 50 years.

The building, mid-block between Webster and Vireo avenues, is planned to be seven stories high and will contain 17,000 square feet of residential space, for an average apartment size of just over 680 square feet. Astoria-based Kambanis Architect filed for the permit, and Long Island City-based Emanuel Kazanas is the developer. He bought the development site – currently home to a single-family detached residence on a 43-foot-wide lot – for $650,000 late last year, or $40 per buildable square foot.

The project is nearly identical in size to one right next door, at No. 524. There, a developer set out at the peak of the last market cycle to build a very similar seven-story, 25-unit project, but it was stalled for years at just three stories. That site, however, looks to be headed towards completion after being sold in 2013 for $735,000, with a number of building permits filed this year and last.

Woodlawn is one of the last working-class white neighborhoods in the Bronx, home to a large number of Irish-Americans and many of the city’s tunnel diggers, known as sandhogs. The building at 524 East 236th Street was the first multifamily building to go up in the neighborhood since the 1950s, when developers were redeveloping single-family homes on and near the neighborhood’s adjacent parks into dense, mid-rise apartment blocks.

Most of the neighborhood has been closed off to growth since the 1961 zoning code, but now that developers are starting to see new construction as viable in Woodlawn, there are still a few under-built parcels left to be developed on Webster Avenue.

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