The South Bronx is suddenly booming with development, from affordable housing to market-rate rentals. But there are also plenty of hotels in the works, particularly in the area around Yankee Stadium.
Last week, we spotted plans for an 11-story hotel at 859 Sheridan Avenue, between 159th and 161st streets in Concourse Village. The 114-foot-tall building will replace a pair of attached wood frame houses, one of which was converted to a law office and real estate brokerage.
The hotel would have 82 rooms, stacked on top of a pharmacy on the first floor. The cellar would host laundry, a meeting room, a breakfast area, and a fitness room, followed by two rooms on the ground floor and eight on each of the upper floors. When construction is finished, the hotel will hold 31,580 square feet of commercial space.
Surprisingly, no parking is included in the permits. But the developer could still build a parking lot, and simply forgot to put it on the plans.
The developer is Nehalkumar Ghandi, based in North Bergen, N.J., and Flushing-based architect Michael Kang applied for the permits.
Demolition plans have been filed, but not yet approved, for the two houses on the site. Their imminent demise is a little sad, because it represents the last bit of the block’s unique architecture.
Most of this stretch of Sheridan Avenue was developed into hulking, mid-rise apartment blocks, first in the 1930s and then again in the 1960s. The eastern side of the street is dominated by Concourse Village, a series of 25-story, income-restricted co-op and rental buildings. They were built on top of the Mott Haven Railyard in 1965, and the Concourse Plaza shopping center and office towers joined them in 1998.
The city also rezoned this piece of Sheridan Avenue in 2009, changing the zoning from purely residential to mixed-use, which allows commercial development too.