First Two Properties Debut at La Central Affordable Housing Complex in Melrose, The Bronx

View of La Central - Photo courtesy of Julienne SchaerView of La Central - Photo courtesy of Julienne Schaer

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.

View of La Central - Photo courtesy of Julienne Schaer

View of La Central – Photo courtesy of Julienne Schaer

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.

Ribbon cutting ceremony at La Central - Photo courtesy of Julienne Schaer

Ribbon cutting ceremony at La Central – Photo courtesy of Julienne Schaer

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13 Comments on "First Two Properties Debut at La Central Affordable Housing Complex in Melrose, The Bronx"

  1. Let’s just hope it ages better and has a better pedestrian interface than Bronx Commons.

    • Ebrima Camara | June 19, 2021 at 6:35 am | Reply

      Hi I’m interested this project can I get the application to fill out the application I’m really interested this project please send me the information

  2. Francine Goddard | June 18, 2021 at 7:50 pm | Reply

    I would love to receive an application I’m newly widowed after 40yrs of marriage husband veteran and my co right now looking.

  3. Evelyn Fantauzzi | June 19, 2021 at 9:55 am | Reply

    I want a application and studio too thank you so much I’m 62year loss my family 3

  4. Awa Toure June 19 2021 at 11:35 am
    I would like to get an application for 3 bedrooms and send me the information to apply please

  5. John Monterroso | June 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm | Reply

    Please send me a application .thank you

  6. Pleace send me application

  7. Sonia A Pompey | June 26, 2021 at 5:44 pm | Reply

    hello can i please get a 3 bedroom apartment application i use a cane and walker please can u help us i have been looking for 2 years now with my section 8 Voucher

  8. Hi please am a mother of 2 am looking for 2bedroom apartment my elder son is disable and I need an apartment .

  9. Hello ?!! Would love to have a application, send to 214 W Gordon st. Allentown, Pa. 18102

  10. I need a 1 bdrm appt. Im disabled n need low income. Please let me know. Ty very much.

  11. I would prefer apt in the Bronx. I apreciate very much all the help. Thank you very much.

  12. Kenneth harvey | March 13, 2022 at 1:29 am | Reply

    I’ve been thinking about moving back to the Bronx. I live in Brooklyn k

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