New construction doesn’t happen often in Hunts Point, a peninsula in the southeastern corner of the Bronx that’s starved for retail and neighborhood services. But YIMBY noticed that excavation and foundation work had started at 925 Hunts Point Avenue, a 40,000-square-foot mall planned across from the Bruckner Expressway and next to the Hunts Point Avenue 6 train stop.
Earlier this year, developer Stellar Management began tearing down five small buildings on McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint to make way for a wide six-story apartment building designed by Gene Kaufman. Now we have renderings for the project, a mixed-income rental at 211 McGuinness Boulevard, between Calyer Street and Greenpoint Avenue.
Small-scale development is slowly returning to Wakefield and Williamsbridge, two northern Bronx neighborhoods lined with one- and two-family homes where pockets of new construction grew in the early to mid-2000s. The city downzoned Wakefield in 2007 and Williamsbridge in 2011, discouraging new construction in two of the city’s most affordable places to buy a home. Despite that, we’ve noticed a growing number of little buildings planned in the areas just beyond Bronx Park, . Today, a new building application was filed for a four-story, eight-unit building at 626 East 223rd Street, between Carpenter Avenue and White Plains Road in Wakefield.
In January, Greystone snapped up a vacant lot next to the landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope for $13,500,000, and now YIMBY has the first look at the 12-story rental building planned for the site at 225 4th Avenue.
Deep in the Hasidic territory at the northern edge of Bedford-Stuyvesant, old industrial buildings bump up against new apartments with staggered balconies alongside kosher grocery stores and bakeries. The neighborhood is dotted with new synagogues and yeshivas, built to keep up with the fast-growing population of ultra-Orthodox Jews. And every once in a while, an organization takes over an old factory to convert it, instead of tearing it down.
Yeshiva Ahavas Israel, headquartered in a curved, 1920s brick factory at Franklin and Flushing Avenues, found one such industrial building nearby at 88 Walworth Street. Earlier this week, they filed plans to convert the low-slung structure between Park and Myrtle Avenues into a house of worship.