SROs, or single room occupancy hotels, house some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in New York City, but policies created dating to the 1950s and 1960s have resulted in residential hotels being gradually converted to market-rate housing or hotels. Yesterday, an SRO owner in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx filed plans to convert his five-story building at 2327 Grand Concourse to a hotel or a dormitory.
Jamaica-based Phoenix Home Realty has filed applications for an eight-story, 16-unit residential building at 2692 Creston Avenue, in the West Bronx’s Fordham section. The project will measure 19,111 square feet and its residential units should average 947 square feet apiece. It’s not known whether the apartments will be rentals or condominiums, although the former is more likely based on location. Amenities include a recreation space in the cellar and storage for eight bikes. Gerald J. Caliendo’s Briarwood-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 40-foot-wide, 3,000-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story house. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Kingsbridge Road stops on the D and 4 trains are located within three blocks of the site.
Thorobird Companies is already planning two 12-story affordable rental buildings in Mount Hope, in the central Bronx. They also filed building applications for a third, 12-story project at 2195 Morris Avenue in Fordham Heights, half a dozen blocks to the north and west of the Mount Hope developments.
Property owner Kim Tasher, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for an eight-story, 15-unit residential building at 111 East 183rd Street, in Fordham, located three blocks from the 183rd Street stop on the 4 train. The structure will measure 13,597 square feet and will include a 190-square-foot medical office on the ground floor. The residential units should average 741 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities include a 782-square-foot outdoor recreational space behind the building and laundry facilities in the cellar. Mohammad R. Badaly’s Mount Vernon architecture firm is the architect of record. The project will rise on a 25-foot-wide, 2,158-square-foot lot currently occupied by a two-and-a-half-story, wood-framed house. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.
The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has filed applications to build a five-story, 67,405-square-foot school behind the existing five-story P.S. 46 Edgar Allen Poe branch, located at 279 East 196th Street, in Fordham. The expansion, with an address at 2760 Briggs Avenue, will host administrative offices, two cafeterias, and classrooms on the ground floor, followed by a gym, an exercise room, and a 280-person auditorium on the second floor, and finally classrooms on the third through fifth floors. An outdoor playground will be located on the fourth floor. Hell’s Kitchen-based Mitchell Giurgola Architects is the architect of record. An existing block-thru, single-story building must first be demolished.