Bronx-based Midtown Interior Resource, a general contractor, has filed applications for a five-story, 15-unit residential project at 2145 Mohegan Avenue, located on the corner of Hornaday Place in the West Farms section of the Bronx. The new building will measure 13,845 square feet and its residential units should average 706 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Mohammad R. Badaly’s Mount Vernon, N.Y.-based firm is the architect of record. The 3,163-square-foot plot is occupied by a one-and-a-half-story house. Demolition permits have not been filed.
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.
A slew of affordable housing projects are headed for an industrial slice of the central Bronx sandwiched between the Cross Bronx Expressway and the elevated subway tracks. The latest development to join the list is a 10-story affordable residential building at 1880 Boston Road, in a long-neglected neglected neighborhood known as West Farms.
Last fall, DNAinfo reported Lambert Houses, a sprawling subsidized housing project in the West Farms section of the Bronx, would be demolished and replaced with new affordable housing. Now, those plans are coming to fruition, and new building applications have been filed for 18 stories of apartments at 984 East 180th Street.
Yesterday was a busy day for permits in the west central Bronx. First, plans were filed for a supportive housing development in Crotona Park East, and then new building applications surfaced for a seven-story market-rate project a few blocks north in West Farms.