Permits Filed: 253 East 206th Street, Norwood, Bronx

253 East 206th Street, image from Google Maps253 East 206th Street, image from Google Maps

Last week, while writing up a permit filing in the Van Nest section of the Bronx, we noted that we’ve seen market-rate residential developments planned in most neighborhoods around Bronx Park and along the parkways radiating from it.

Now, we can add one more to the list: Norwood. In the northern Bronx neighborhood just north of Bedford Park, a new building permit application was filed for a small four-story market-rate building at 253 East 206th Street, between Rochambeau Avenue and East Mosholu Parkway North.

A brick garage currently standing at the site will presumably be demolished, to be replaced by an apartment building. Ten units will be spread over 6,700 square feet of residential space, with two apartments each on the ground and fourth floors and three on the middle two levels.

Fred Geremia Architects & Planners is responsible for design, while the developer is listed as Nick Berisha with Peja Group Construction, Inc., based in the tony Country Club section of the East Bronx. Berisha is an Albanian surname, which is not surprising, as Albanian builders tend to dominate market-rate development in the city’s most affordable borough.

Norwood is, like the rest of New York City, in the midst of demographic change. Between 2000 and 2010, the neighborhood lost non-Hispanic whites while gaining Asians and Latinos. The growth in Asians comes primarily from Bangladeshis, while Norwood’s Hispanic population is becoming less Puerto Rican and more Dominican and Mexican, mirroring trends in the city at large.

The filing at 253 East 206th is the first sizable market-rate project we’ve seen in Norwood in recent months, but it might not be the only one for long. Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión told YIMBY last month that the Stagg Group, a local developer he’s now working with, is planning a market-rate building in the neighborhood, along with a few in Riverdale and the already-revealed Pelham Park Manor.

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