In June of 2015, YIMBY reported on the Request for Proposals (RFP) launched by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) for the development site at 425 Grand Concourse, in Mott Haven. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has selected a development team for the 30,000-square-foot site, located on the corner of East 144th Street, Politico New York reports. Trinity Financial and MBD Community Housing Corporation will build a 24-story, 241-unit mixed-use building. The 300,000-square-foot tower will contain only below-market rate rental apartments, in addition to a charter school, a medical facility, community space for cultural and social programs, and a supermarket. It will also be the largest Passive House project in the city. Garrison Playground, located immediately to the north, will be rehabilitated. The city is expected to finance the project, which must first journey through the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process. ULURP is scheduled to begin in early 2017.
More market rate development may be coming to Mott Haven in the South Bronx. New building applications call for a seven-story residential project at 417 East 135th Street, just north of the Major Deegan Expressway.
Somerset Partners is renovating the single-story commercial building at 2430 Third Avenue, on the corner of East 134th Street in Mott Haven, into a coffee shop. According to DNAinfo (h/t Curbed NY), the NYC-based coffee chain Filtered Coffee, co-owned by Karen Paul and Aaron Baird, will operate the new café. Both the interior and exteriors of the structure are being renovated and repurposed. New entrances are being added in addition to a skylight, per the latest filing with the Department of Buildings. Vladimir Constant’s NoMad-based The Hudson Group is the applicant of record, although Barcelona-based Alonso Balaguer is designing the project. The shop’s grand opening is scheduled for April 2.
In June of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a 10-story, 57-unit mixed-income rental project at 221 East 138th Street, in Mott Haven, but now Tahoe Development is swapping plans for a seven-story, 50-unit market-rate condominium building. Welcome2TheBronx reports the developer is abandoning plans to include affordable units due to cost concerns. It would also be the first market-rate condo project in the South Bronx since the 2008 financial crisis. The condos will come in studio, one-, and two-bedroom layouts, and the new building will contain ground-floor retail space as previously planned. Hudson Square’s Michael Muroff Architect is the architect of record. The existing two-story warehouse is currently being demolished.
Most developers building market-rate apartments in the South Bronx have set their sights on Port Morris, a relatively narrow industrial strip that wraps around the southern tip of the borough. But Treetop Development just paid $6 million for a site several blocks north, at 121-129 East 144th Street in Mott Haven.