This week, developers celebrated the completion of two new affordable housing properties within the sprawling La Central residential complex in Melrose, The Bronx. Located at 556 and 600 Bergen Avenue, buildings A and B comprise nearly 500 income-restricted units, a new YMCA, a production studio for BronxNet, a rooftop farm operated by GrowNYC, and a mix of retail businesses.
Within both buildings, residential layouts range from studios to four-bedrooms and are available exclusively to residents earning between 30 percent and 100 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).
“La Central is a monumental project that will bring more than 1,000 affordably and sustainably built units to The Hub and will transform not only the neighborhood, but the borough and the city by serving as a model of how to do affordable development right,” said Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. “In addition to affordable and supportive housing, Buildings A and B will start off this development right with a state-of-the-art YMCA, retail space, and a newly renovated BronxNet Television production studio coming to Melrose.”
Designed by MHG Architects, FXCollaborative, and Future Green Studio, La Central will eventually include five individual buildings. The residential component will include more than 1,000 affordable apartments, 80,000 square feet of community facilities, 45,000 square feet of retail, a public skatepark, and a roof-mounted telescope to be controlled by the Bronx High School of Science.
The project development team includes The Hudson Companies, BRP Companies, ELH-TKC, Breaking Ground, and Comunilife. Breaking Ground and Comunilife completed development of a 160-unit supportive housing and low-income building (Building D) as part of the overall La Central development in 2019.
“Today is a very special day as we open the doors to buildings A and B of our La Central development, delivering 500 brand-new affordable rental housing units to the Melrose community as well as social and shared community spaces for the neighborhood,” said Andrew Cohen, managing director at BRP Companies. “We’re very proud to work alongside The Hudson Companies, ELH-TKC, Breaking Ground, and Comunilife on this development, which will have a tremendous impact on the lives of so many local residents and will help to revitalize this great neighborhood.”
As revealed by YIMBY last year, La Central was originally expected to be completed in 2023.
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Let’s just hope it ages better and has a better pedestrian interface than Bronx Commons.
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