One of the hundreds of vacant lots in the South Bronx is about to become supportive housing. A non-profit organization has filed plans for a six-story residential facility at 1084 Ogden Avenue in Highbridge, a western Bronx neighborhood just north of Yankee Stadium.
Property owner Ramon Aquino, doing business as an anonymous Bronx-based LLC, has filed applications for a three-story, single-family townhouse at 126 West 165th Street, in Highbridge, located less than a mile north of the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium stop on the 4/B/D trains. The townhouse will measure a total 2,538 square feet and will rise on a vacant, 16-foot-wide lot. The building will rise 35 feet above street level, which means ceiling heights will be generous, and there will be a single off-street car parking spot. Reza Khamcy’s Great Neck-based Icon Engineering is the applicant of record.
Property owner Mario Del Brun has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 1027 Nelson Avenue, in Highbridge, located six blocks from the 4 train’s stop at 161st Street/Yankee Stadium. The building will rise on a small, 19-foot-wide vacant lot and will measure just 3,083 square feet, which translates into average units of 771 square feet each. Bakhtiar Sahmloo’s Kew Gardens-based Tabriz Design Group is the applicant of record.
Great Neck-based Shelter Rock Builders has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 1355 Plimpton Avenue, in Highbridge, seven blocks from the 167th Street stop on the 4 train. The building will measure 4,769 square feet in total, which means full-floor units will measure 1,192 square feet; the fourth-floor unit will also feature a fifth-floor penthouse. Queens-based Gerald Caliendo is the architect of record, and the site’s former two-story house was demolished in the 1990s.
Over the last few months, the Department of City Planning has lost the PR battle over the proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning. Residents and activists accused the city of trying to create a new neighborhood called “Cromwell-Jerome,” a reference to DCP’s initial plans for a zoning study, and in response, officials dropped “Cromwell” from the title. In reality, planning officials hope to revitalize a narrow, 73-block stretch around Jerome, from 167th Street to just south of Fordham Road. They want to improve parks, the streetscape, retail, community services, schools, and economic growth, instead of simply pushing through more housing development.