The South Bronx neighborhoods of Melrose and Morrisania have become ground zero for new affordable housing development. Now another new affordable project is slated for the area, in the transit-starved heart of Morrisania at 3365 3rd Avenue.
The once-blighted neighborhoods of Melrose and Morrisania in the South Bronx are littered with vacant lots, but new affordable housing developments are quickly springing up to fill the holes. Nonprofit SoBro Development Corporation is moving forward with plans for an eight-story affordable and supportive building at 481 East 164th Street, on the corner of Washington Avenue in Morrisania.
Brooklyn developer Henry Weinstein is planning to renovate and refurbish the landmarked, century-old former Bronx Borough Courthouse building at 513 East 161st Street, in Morrisania. The building is expected to reopen in 2017 with 115,000 square feet of leasable space over nine floors, according to The New York Times. No Longer Empty, an art group, is currently utilizing the building and plans to take space after the renovations.
The South Bronx neighborhood of Morrisania is finally experiencing some new economic development, propped up on the foundations of small market-rate projects and larger affordable developments like this one, a 120-unit complex planned on vacant land next to Thessalonia Baptist Church.
The Roman Catholic Church has been in retrenchment throughout New York City, with the latest batch of parish closures announced in November. St. Augustine’s, in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx, might show the…