Permits have been filed for a three-story mixed-use building at 1953 Wallace Avenue in Van Nest, The Bronx. Located between Rhinelander Avenue and Bronxdale Avenue, the lot is five blocks east of the Bronx Park East subway station, serviced by the 2 and 5 trains. Marricco Family Limited is listed as the owner behind the applications.
West Farms, in the central Bronx, has long been neglected and forgotten by the city. Robert Moses rammed the Cross Bronx Expressway through the area half a century ago, isolating a broad swath of working class communities from the rest of the borough. And the Bronx River, which splits the neighborhood in two, was contaminated by industrial runoff and filled with trash until community groups began cleaning it up the late ’90s. But developers are finally starting to look closely at the working class, black and Latino neighborhood. Mikjor Shllaku, who heads a plumbing company next door in Van Nest, hopes to build a seven-story apartment building at 2015 Vyse Avenue.
In the Bronx, new residential buildings with more than a few units tend to be affordable housing, at least in neighborhoods east of Van Cortlandt Park. But as the borough rises in stature, we’ll begin to…