A forlorn industrial area next to the Cross Bronx Expressway in West Farms may finally see new life, now that plans have been filed for a large affordable housing development there.
Prolific affordable developer Monadnock Construction hopes to build a 15-story mixed-use building at 1905 West Farms Road, near the Bronx River and P.S. 214. The development will reach 147 feet and host 185 apartments. They’ll be spread across 168,892 square feet of residential space, for average units of 912 square feet.
Two retail spaces totalling 3,900 square feet will occupy part of the ground floor, and a clinic and offices for a community facility will fill 10,850 square feet on the first and second floors. The second story will also have laundry, a recreation room, and a shared roof deck.
Residential will begin on the third floor, with 18 units per story through the fifth floor. The number of units will gradually decrease on higher floors, finishing up with nine units each on the 11th through 15th floors. The first floor will include a 48-car garage.
Dattner Architects will handle the design. Monadnock and Dattner have already teamed up on a big, mixed-income development in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx that combines a hotel, affordable, and market-rate units.
The 27,728-square-foot property last sold to an LLC for $4,100,000 in 2008. It was home to a squat, single-story warehouse, but demolition began last month.
In 2011, owner Industco Holdings applied to rezone a cluster of industrial properties between Boston Road, West Farms Road, and the Cross Bronx Expressway. Now the lots are zoned R8X, which encourages relatively dense residential buildings, and a commercial overlay here allows retail.
A development here will have plenty of advantages, including a school on the same block, a stop on the elevated 2 and 5 trains a few minutes away, and a grocery store beneath the subway stop.