On one of the least desirable pieces of land in the city, a building will soon rise. At the intersection of the Cross-Bronx Expressway and the elevated structure carrying the 2/5 train, east of Crotona Park, a 115,000-square foot affordable housing project is being planned, according to a new application filed yesterday with the Department of Buildings.
1825 Boston Road will hold 108 units, yielding family-sized apartments averaging around 1,000 square feet, and will have over 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, plus a very small community facility space. Aufgang Architects is listed as the architect on the permit.
The land was once, like other areas adjacent to the mammoth highway, not zoned for residential use. But in 2010, CBC Associates and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) filed for a rezoning, asking to build an affordable housing project, dubbed Crotona Terrace, at a tenement-scale density on the land.
The request was granted, leading this project to be allowed, but it’s not clear that the original CBC/SoBRO – which called for 175 units and a much larger retail space – will be used. The current owner is given as Amnon Shalhov with Joy Construction Corp., though we could not get in touch with them to ask about their relationship with the original rezoning applicants.
The permit filing indicates that 47 parking spaces will be built in an enclosed area at ground level – required by a questionable city zoning policy, made all the more questionable when it is forced on even subsidized housing projects.
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