Foral Park, N.Y.-based Metropolitan Homes has filed applications for two three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 1727 Undercliff Avenue, in the Morris Heights section of the West Bronx. The buildings will measure 4,410 square feet each. Across both, the residential units should average 924 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments with family-sized configurations. Shahriar Afshari’s Roslyn, N.Y.-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,000-square-foot site is occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits have not been filed.
An anonymous Great Neck, N.Y.-based LLC has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential project at 1817 University Avenue, in the West Bronx’s Morris Heights section. The new building will measure 8,666 square feet and its residential units should average a family-sized 912 square feet apiece. One of the units on the fourth floor will also feature space in an upper penthouse level. Mohammad R. Badaly’s Mount Vernon, N.Y.-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,651-square-foot lot is vacant.
Property owner Gjek Popaj has filed applications for two four-story, nine-unit residential buildings at 1643-1645 Popham Avenue, in Morris Heights, located a number of blocks away from the neighborhood’s Metro-North Railroad station. Each building would measure 5,944 square feet in total, which means the units will likely be rentals, averaging just 660 square feet apiece. Pelham, N.Y.-based Fred Geremia Architects & Planners is the applicant of record. Demolition commenced earlier this week on the existing two-story, two-unit brick building.
As the city considers rezoning 73 industrial blocks along Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, YIMBY has a look at a supportive housing project that will rise under the new zoning in Morris Heights. The 13-story building will fill a long-vacant lot at 1665 Jerome Avenue, across the street from a ramp to the Cross-Bronx Expressway.
Over the last few months, the Department of City Planning has lost the PR battle over the proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning. Residents and activists accused the city of trying to create a new neighborhood called “Cromwell-Jerome,” a reference to DCP’s initial plans for a zoning study, and in response, officials dropped “Cromwell” from the title. In reality, planning officials hope to revitalize a narrow, 73-block stretch around Jerome, from 167th Street to just south of Fordham Road. They want to improve parks, the streetscape, retail, community services, schools, and economic growth, instead of simply pushing through more housing development.