Revealed: 280 East 161st Street, South Bronx Infill

280 East 161st Street infill, rendering by Issac & Stern280 East 161st Street infill, rendering by Issac & Stern

While the New York City Housing Authority’s grand “Land Lease” infill plan, proposed in the waning months of the Bloomberg administration, was highly controversial, other affordable housing projects have been wedged in between the voids of towers-in-a-park-style developments without much acrimony.

According to renderings obtained by YIMBY, one of those may be coming to 280 East 161st Street, in the South Bronx. The current building, called the Morrisania II Apartments and erected in 1980, appears to be a 204-unit Section 8 rental owned by a South Williamsburg-based landlord.

Renderings show a new, three-pronged structure rising from behind the current U-shaped building. The new apartments would rise 12 stories overtop a garage, with 240 units, and a total floor space of around a quarter of a million square feet. (The lot’s liberal R8 zoning combined with the relatively sparse existing development, however, means that it could theoretically accommodate much more.)

280 East 161st Street infill, rendering by Issac & Stern

280 East 161st Street infill, rendering by Issac & Stern

The project appears to be a long way off, however, with a spokesman for the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development telling YIMBY: “We have received a proposal and we’re in the early stages of assessing it, and have had an initial conversation with the developer. No financing has been approved and we haven’t made a decision on whether or not to move forward at this time.”

Issac & Stern would be the architect, while the exact identity of the property owner and would-be developer is unclear.

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