The neighborhoods north of Bronx Park remain bastions of small, market-rate development. Many of the builders are Albanian and based nearby in Morris Park, an East Bronx enclave populated by Albanians, Latinos, and Italians.
One of those projects was filed yesterday at 3365 Cruger Avenue in Allerton, a mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood in the northeastern part of the borough. It would grow on a vacant lot across the street from Gun Hill Houses and a quick walk away from the Gun Hill Road stop on the 2 and 5 trains.
The seven-story building would have 50 apartments, stacked on top of commercial and community facility spaces. The ground floor would host a 200-square-foot community facility and 5,600 square feet of retail. The second floor would hold seven units and an 1,100-square-foot recreation space, followed by nine units apiece on the next four stories and six units on the top floor. There would also be a roof deck on the top floor and bike storage and laundry in the cellar.
The R6 zoning in this area has onerous parking minimums, and this project will come with 43 parking spots – 13 on the ground floor and 30 in the cellar – that exceed what the zoning code requires.
The developer is Vilson Lumaj, who coincidentally shares a last name with Robert Lumaj, a different Albanian developer in the Bronx. Mount Vernon-based Badaly Architects applied for the permits.
Lumaj picked up the 11,400-square-foot property for $950,000 in April.
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