The Bronx Museum of the Arts, located at 1040 Grand Concourse, on the corner of East 165th Street in the South Bronx, is planning a $25 million overhaul and expansion of their 36,000-square-foot facility. The expansion will include more exhibition space and a “glassed-in” area for educational and community programing, the New York Times reports. Venezuelan-American architect Mónica Ponce de León, head of MPdL Studio, will be responsible for the design of the expansion. The museum will remain open during the construction. The first phase is expected to be complete by 2020. The city has already contributed roughly $7 million to the project.
When we wrote about plans for 221 East 138th Street last summer, the developer hoped to include affordable housing in the new South Bronx apartment building. Now Anthony Gurino, of Tahoe Development, has decided to make the project in Mott Haven entirely market-rate, joining the ranks of a few other ambitious projects in this industrial neighborhood.
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.
Most new construction in Melrose is affordable housing, but we recently spotted a small market-rate project in the works at 764 East 152nd Street, in the heart of the South Bronx.
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.