New development rarely happens in Riverdale, because big brick co-op buildings and townhouses populated most of the northwestern Bronx neighborhood in the wave of construction that swept across New York City after World War II. But every once in a while, a developer cobbles together a site in the quiet, middle-class enclave.
Yesterday, we spotted permits for a 14-story apartment building at 3644 Oxford Avenue, just over the border from Fieldston. The development would rise 155 feet into the air on a through-block site between Oxford Avenue, Riverdale Avenue, West 238th Street, and Sulfan Terrace.
The 48-unit building would have spacious apartments, averaging 1,240 square feet apiece. We’re guessing these will be two- and three-bedroom condos aimed at families. Maybe future residents will send their kids to the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a progressive and pricey private school across the street on Riverdale Avenue.
The ground floor will have 2,500 square feet of retail, followed by a garage on the second floor and 59,630 square feet of residential space on the remaining 12 stories.
The second floor garage will hold six parking spots, and a surface parking lot will offer 33 more spaces. Overall, it’s a bit more parking than city rules require.
Two small houses and a low-slung commercial building once occupied the 27,700-square-foot site, but they were all knocked down in 2014.
Newman Design Group will handle the architecture, and Joseph Kelleher’s Simone Metro Properties is the developer. Simone is headquartered in an office complex that they developed over in Pelham Bay, another solidly middle class neighborhood on the opposite side of the borough. The suburban-style development, Hutchinson Metro Center, spans 42 acres along Hutchinson River Parkway. It includes six office buildings, retail, and a Marriott hotel.