Supportive housing serving homeless victims of domestic violence is coming to Crotona Park East, in the southwestern Bronx.
Non-profit New Destiny Housing Corporation has filed plans for an eight-story apartment building at 902 Jennings Street, at the corner of Minford Place and Charlotte Street. The development would replace a neglected two-story building that once housed two churches and a meat and poultry market.
Alexander Gorlin Architects would be responsible for the design of the project, which would offer 41 apartments spread across 40,454 square feet of residential space. Typical apartments would measure 986 square feet, which means family-friendly three-bedrooms are in the works, since New Destiny caters to women and children who have fled domestic violence.
Forty years ago, Jimmy Carter visited this block and called the neighborhood “America’s worst slum.” But the burned out, rubble-strewn lots of the 1970s gave way to a crop of attractive, affordable housing developments.
Across Jennings Street, there are ranch houses with well-kept front lawns that wouldn’t be out of place on Long Island or in Westchester County. The crop of 90 homes was constructed in the early 1980s and has become quite famous. The project, known as Charlotte Gardens, came to symbolize the potential for renewal in the South Bronx and the suburban style favored during that era.
Next door to New Destiny’s property on Jennings Street, the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation developed two more urban buildings in 2008 with a mix of affordable and supportive housing. The seven-story, 128-unit Intervale Green houses low- and moderate-income families, and the four-story, 46-unit Louis Nine House offers housing and services for young adults leaving the foster care system.