Market-rate development has been slowly taking hold throughout the northern Bronx, and the latest project planned in the neighborhoods near Van Cortlandt Park is an eight-story apartment building at 3055 Valentine Avenue, in Bedford Park.
The new development will reach 74 feet into the air and house 26 apartments. They’ll be spread across 22,320 square feet, for a fairly spacious average unit size of 858 square feet. Apartments will begin on the first floor, with two units, followed by four units per floor on floors two through four, and five each on the fifth through eighth floors.
There will be a 750-square-foot recreation area on the ground floor, as well as bike parking and laundry in the cellar.
It will replace a two-story wood frame office building on an L-shaped lot between 203rd and 204th Streets, only two blocks from the Bedford Park B/D station. Demolition applications have been filed to knock it down, but not yet approved.
The architect of record is Mount Vernon-based Badaly & Badaly Architects, who have designed several apartment buildings throughout the north Bronx, mostly for Stagg Group. And the developer is Nush Sukaj, whose business address is not too far away in the Van Nest section of the northeastern Bronx.
Several market-rate and subsidized projects are under construction in Bedford Park, including a 42-unit building at 2760 Decatur Avenue, a 12-story affordable development at 16 East 204th Street, and a 184-unit affordable project on the edge of a former convent turned Catholic school.
Like most of the northern Bronx, Bedford Park has experienced some major demographic shifts over the last ten years. The overall population has decreased slightly, as large numbers of white non-Hispanic and Puerto Rican residents have moved out (or passed away), according to Census data. Meanwhile, Mexicans, Dominicans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis have added several thousand new people to the neighborhood.