Preliminary Renderings Reveal the First Full-Service Hotel in the Little Italy/Belmont Section of The Bronx

Preliminary rendering of mixed-use development - 2461 Hughes AssociatesPreliminary rendering of mixed-use development - 2461 Hughes Associates

Developers recently revealed the first renderings and construction plans for a new full-service hotel in the Belmont section of The Bronx, also referred to as Little Italy. Located on East 188th Street between Arthur Avenue and Hughes Avenue, the project could also contain a collection of income-restricted apartments and a large parking garage.

The proposed development calls for the construction of two connected buildings totaling approximately 150,753 gross square feet. This includes an assemblage of neighboring lots currently occupied by a mix of low-rise residential and commercial properties.

The first building, referred to as Building A, occupies the eastern boundary of the development site. The structure would top out at seven stories above ground or about 75 feet tall. Residential area would span 58,091 square feet and comprise 56 individual units. Many of the apartments will qualify as affordable housing with varying income restrictions. As rendered, this structure would feature a more modern design, with a mix of glass and metal cladding. A grid of white beams adds texture and frames a pergola over what appears to be an outdoor terrace atop the main setback.

Building B is positioned at the western boundary of the property and would contain the entirety of the hospitality component. Proposals specify the construction of 176 rooms spread across 13 floors. This component will max out at 70,409 square feet. This building is rendered with a more traditional composition, with what looks to be a masonry façade with red and black brick.

A shared parking garage would occupy a portion of the ground floor and cellar levels and is designed to accommodate up to 156 vehicles. The garage would occupy 22,253 square feet.

Preliminary rendering of mixed-use development - 2461 Hughes Associates

Preliminary rendering of mixed-use development – 2461 Hughes Associates

Site plan of mixed-use development - 2461 Hughes Associates

Site plan of mixed-use development – 2461 Hughes Associates

The project team behind the development is not clear. 2461 Hughes Associates is the only applicant listed on proposals, which also do not specify an architect of record.

Before the development can proceed, the NYC Department of City Planning would need to approve several zoning amendments to permit the construction of a mixed-use property with residential and commercial components and an increase of the area’s allowable residential density within a multifamily building.

Should the zoning amendments be approved by the Department of City Planning, it is anticipated that the modifications will spur a multitude of new mixed-use developments surrounding Arthur Avenue’s vibrant commercial corridor. Today, the avenue is considered a major hub of commerce with an array of traditional Italian restaurants that enriches neighboring historic sites including Fordham University, the New York Botanical Gardens, and the Bronx Zoo, among other destinations.

The proposed zoning map amendments are also consistent with the goals and objectives of 2013’s East Fordham Road Rezoning initiative. The city-sponsored initiative successfully rezoned 12 blocks of East Fordham Road, located just one block from the proposed development, in an effort to spur the construction of new mixed-use properties.

If approved, construction would be completed in a single phase and could wrap by the end of 2023. The City Planning Commission has already issued a negative declaration on the environmental impact of the proposed zoning amendments and proposed development. This means that the agency has found no evidence that completion of the project will result in significant adverse impacts on the surrounding neighborhood, infrastructure, natural environment, air quality, or the immediate streetscape.

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20 Comments on "Preliminary Renderings Reveal the First Full-Service Hotel in the Little Italy/Belmont Section of The Bronx"

  1. The rendering is very blurry, but it looks pretty nice from what I can tell.

  2. Pls let me know when I can apply 4 1 of the apartments thank U


  4. I wold like to apply for a 1 bedroom apartment in Ur unit.

  5. Yet another pointless, potentially moneymaking monstrosity being built in what once was, and in many cases still is, one of the very few, culturally authentic neighborhoods left in The Bronx. This structure will only help to raise property values and taxes even higher pushing even more of the real, longtime and generational Belmont residents out.

    • Ron here !They didn’t post my comment or my wife’s. That tells me I spoke the truth. We live there!

      • Your comments have been approved, when you don’t have any extant comments it requires manual approval, there is no conspiracy against you or your wife, we just have decency standards on this website that many try to subvert.

  6. Interested in applying please email me once it’s available

  7. Necesito un apartamento para tía ella vive en Manhattan tiene 62 años es de bajo ingreso retirada

  8. We don’t need Hotel we need real housing not 1’8000 rent Apts leaving our roots behide as well

  9. Good morning my name is Kevin Whaley. Available the insurance is getting application can you please let me know how to do that and send it to my email

  10. Looking for a one bedroom apartment. Can I please get a application. Than you

  11. Disgraceful! Will become another w****house . Hotel will mostly serve dregs and illegals. When they’re gone; it will become a shelter.

  12. More transients, d***s, and undocumented individuals. We already have very serious drug and p***titution problems being overlooked by the people in charge because they close up at 6 and flee to Westchester and Connecticut leaving residents to suffer so they can keep the cash flowing.

  13. I would like to apply for a 1bedroom apartment in any one of these developments

  14. Mary Walker 347 303-9651 | January 31, 2021 at 9:53 am | Reply

    I have a NY CityFHEPS voucher for 1,269 . Looking for a studio or one bedroom..My name is Mary Walker. Twl # 347 303 9651

  15. Imelda pebenito | January 31, 2021 at 5:31 pm | Reply

    I want an application for a one or two bedrooms please. Please forward me an application thank you.

  16. Hello,
    Those buildings look nice and clean.
    It will be great if you could forward an application for 2 or 1 bedroom.
    Best regards.

  17. I am very intrested in a 3 bed room apartment i have been living in Jamaica ny all my life i am employed with 2 jobs and have 2 children 9 and 15

  18. Single and would like to rent a one bedroom apartment at an affordable rent.
    Kindly advise when ready for rental.
    Building is beautiful and thank you.

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