The industrial area along the South Bronx waterfront is about to sprout several high-rise residential towers, but development a couple blocks inland may bring another sign of impending gentrification: new artist studios.
Plans were filed last week for a three-story commercial building at 740 East 137th Street in Port Morris. It would rise on a short block wedged between the looming, elevated structure that carries the Bruckner Expressway and Willow Avenue.
The new project would span 6,627 square feet. There would be a contractor business on the first floor, and two artist studios on each of the second and third floors. The building would also include a two-car garage.
Although most of this neighborhood is zoned for manufacturing, this block has several small houses that were built before the 1961 zoning code stymied development and created a low-density industrial area. The property is a 33-foot-wide vacant lot sandwiched by a little brick home and a three-story, vinyl-clad apartment building.
The developer is Gideon Etra, who runs an energy retrofitting business for older residential and commercial buildings out of an office on East 56th Street in Midtown. East Village-based architect Chris Benedict applied for the permits.
Etra picked up the 3,300-square-foot site for $325,000 in November 2014, paying about $49 per square foot of his planned building.
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