Earlier this week, the New York Botanical Gardens and Douglaston Development announced a collaboration to complete two new affordable housing projects in The Bronx’s Bedford Park. The buildings will take shape near the northwest corner of the New York Botanical Gardens at 2856 Webster Avenue and 410 Bedford Park Boulevard.
Designed by Stephen B. Jacobs Group, both properties will debut as 100-percent affordable housing properties. Together, the projects will introduce 450 units reserved for low-income seniors and low- to moderate-income households in Bronx Community District 7. The district includes the Bedford Park, Fordham, Kingsbridge Heights, Norwood, and University Heights neighborhoods.
“With a 40-year development track record in the New York City area and beyond, we’ve seen the critical need for more affordable housing options in our city, especially for our senior population,” said Jeffrey Levine, chairman of Douglaston Development. “We’re thrilled to be joining forces and visions with The New York Botanical Garden on this project, an institution with roots in The Bronx community dating back 129 years to provide this vital housing resource to the community.”
Phase one of the collaborative development will break ground at 2856 Webster Avenue. Components will include 188 units of affordable housing for seniors earning up to 50 percent of the area median income (AMI), with an additional 12,000 square feet of ground-floor area for a grocery store.
The first phase is expected to wrap construction by 2022.
The second phase at 410 Bedford Park Boulevard will include up to 260 affordable rental units for individuals and families earning between 30 and 100 percent of AMI. Up to 8,000 square feet of the lower level will support community retail space.
The rendering illustrates an orthodox massing and design with a mix of light and dark gray curtain wall and an irregular grid of windows. The ground level features a floor-to-ceiling glass façade.
At this time, the project team has not revealed when phase two is expected to open.