Another vacant, city-owned lot in the South Bronx is about to sprout affordable housing. The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development filed plans to build a 12-story rental building at 443 East 162nd Street in Melrose, where activists have spent decades fighting for city services and housing that locals could afford.
Property owner Franc Gjini has filed applications for a four-story, 11-unit residential building at 3430 Third Avenue, in Morrisania, located on the block between East 166th and 167th streets. The development will measure just 6,518 square feet in total and its residential units will average 593 square feet apiece, indicative of small rental apartments. The ground floor will host two apartments and the floors above will contain three apartments each. Pelham, N.Y.-based Fred Geremia Architects & Planners is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide lot has long been vacant.
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.
Mastermind Ltd. is currently developing a two-story, 57,450 square-foot commercial building at 766 Westchester Avenue, in the South Bronx neighborhood of Woodstock. According to Crain’s, the South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School reached a deal with the developer to lease the entire building, which amounts to 38,000 square feet of leasable space. The new location will allow to the school to accommodate 300-plus students enrolled in the sixth to eighth grades. The building should cost about $14 million and is expected to be completed in 2017. David Danois’ architecture firm is the architect of record.
The city’s Department of Design and Construction tasked the Bjarke Ingels Group to design a new three-story station for New York City Police Department’s 40th Precinct, and now the Architect’s Newspaper has the project’s reveal. The new station will be located at 561-585 St. Ann’s Avenue, currently a vacant parcel on the corner of East 149th Street, in Mott Haven. The 59-foot-tall facility will measure 43,500 square feet and will feature a central indoor atrium, a green roof, and a community meeting room. The project will also include the redesign of a triangular parking lot immediately to the north. Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects is leading the site design work. Completion is expected in 2020.