At the corner of Pontiac Place and Jackson Avenue in the Melrose section of the South Bronx, plans have been filed for a six-story apartment building with ground floor retail and community space.
The new development at 603 Jackson Avenue would have 2,360 square feet of ground floor commercial space and a little 280-square-foot community space. The building’s 25 apartments would be spread across 19,892 square feet of residential space, meaning that each apartment will be about 795 square feet.
Galaxy General Contracting Corporation, who develop affordable, low-income housing throughout the Bronx, are behind the project. The Kingsbridge Heights-based firm also helped build a 104-unit low-income development, Tiffany Gardens, nearby on Southern Boulevard in Longwood. While the filing doesn’t specify, we’re guessing that this project will also be affordable housing.
There would be five apartments per floor, beginning on the second, topped by a roof deck after the sixth floor. Retail space and eight parking spots would occupy the ground floor. The structure would reach 73 feet into the air, matching the height of the large prewar warehouse building next door.
Marc Chiffert, of AEC Engineering and Design, applied for the permit.
Two wood-frame storefronts with apartments used to inhabit the 5,000-square-foot property, but they were torn down last year. The two lots at 603-605 Jackson Avenue last changed hands in January of 2014 for $565,000, or only $32 per buildable square foot. It seems like an ideal location for affordable housing, since it’s only two blocks from the Jackson Avenue 2/5 station, across the street from Pontiac Playground, and a few blocks from the large St Mary’s Park and recreation center.