This May, permits were filed for a new 150,000 square foot mixed-use building at 980 Westchester Avenue. Today, YIMBY has the exclusive reveal for the building to come, with design by GF55 Partners. The project will reactivate an underdeveloped lot in Foxhurst, The Bronx. The site is a block away from the Simpson Street subway station, serviced by the 2 and 5 trains.
The seven-story structural system will be made of steel and precast concrete planks. The façade will be clad with masonry of two different grey hues. According to the design firm, the lightness of the façade is intended to, “’camouflage’ and hide the vertical structure of the exterior wall. This is achieved by using metal panels that shift positions every other floor creating a playful and vibrant façade.” The industrial design for the ground-floor retail shops was inspired by the adjacent elevated train tracks.
The 75-foot tall structure will yield 156,660 square feet, with 81,840 square feet dedicated to residential use, 20,370 square feet dedicated to commercial use, and 22,870 square feet for a community facility.
The commercial-retail portion will house a sizable fresh food grocery store. The building will house 30 non-profit sleeping accommodations for an unspecified organization.
151 residential apartments will be included as well, averaging 542 square feet apiece, indicating rentals. Tenants will have access to an outdoor terrace, lounge, multi-purpose room and storage for 76 bicycles.
Peter Fine of Atlantic Building will be responsible for the development.
Demolition permits for the single-story structure on site have already been filed. The estimated completion date has not been announced.