Six years ago, the city upzoned a quiet, largely vacant stretch of Webster Avenue next to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx to make way for a large affordable housing development, Webster Commons. Two nearly finished buildings have already started renting through the city’s housing lottery process, but new building applications were filed yesterday for another piece of the project at 3620 Webster Avenue.
Plans call for an 11-story, 123-unit building. Those apartments would spread across 108,070 square feet, yielding reasonably sized, 878-square-foot units. 3620 Webster appears to be “Building A” on the developer’s plans, and it will be the largest of the four-building complex. Units will rent to low-income families making up to 60% of the city’s Area Median Income, or $51,780 for a family of four.
Most floors will have 13 units each, except for the 10th and 11th stories, which will have only eight units a piece. The ceiling heights will be fairly low, because the building will have 11 stories but reach only 92 feet into the air.
There will be a parking lot for 31 cars—far less than as-of-right zoning would require. Webster Commons is rising in a largely untouched but isolated part of the northern Bronx, and the closest subway options are at least a half mile away in any direction. The Metro North stop at Williamsbridge is only a few minutes away. But the 2/5 trains at Gun Hill Road are on the other side of the Bronx River, and the D train is several blocks further south.
Joy Construction partnered with the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development to build the mixed-income complex next to the Bronx River Parkway and Metro North tracks. Once construction wraps, there will be 390 apartments. Building C’s 51 units will cater to seniors making 60% AMI or less, and 191 units in Buildings B and D will rent to middle-income households who earn between $60,500 and $86,300.
Aufgang Architects designed Webster Commons, and they used a combination of colored bricks, facade panels and various levels of setbacks to try and break up the development’s long, unbroken facade.