The Furman Center’s newest State of the City report declared that Fordham and University Heights, in the northwestern Bronx, are “non-gentrifying.” Both neighborhoods are working class and largely Latino and black. While rents have risen there over the last decade, the cost of living hasn’t increased quite as dramatically as it has in “gentrifying” South Bronx neighborhoods, like Mott Haven and Port Morris.
But developers are slowly starting to pay attention to this area. Fordham University is close by, and the city is about to dramatically rezone Jerome Avenue, a major commercial corridor where the elevated 4 train runs. Yesterday, we spotted a filing for an eight-story market-rate development at 2302 Morris Avenue, in Fordham.
The building would rise 73 feet into the air between East 183rd Street and Field Place, only a short walk from the 183rd Street stop on the 4 train. There would be 39 apartments across 25,280 square feet of residential space, creating average units of 648 square feet. The development will also have a 780-square-foot backyard and a laundry room in the cellar.
The developer is Kim Tasher, who is developing projects across the central and northern Bronx. Badaly Architects, who work on dozens of projects across the borough, will handle the design.
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