In June of 2015, YIMBY reported on the Request for Proposals (RFP) launched by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) for the development site at 425 Grand Concourse, in Mott Haven. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has selected a development team for the 30,000-square-foot site, located on the corner of East 144th Street, Politico New York reports. Trinity Financial and MBD Community Housing Corporation will build a 24-story, 241-unit mixed-use building. The 300,000-square-foot tower will contain only below-market rate rental apartments, in addition to a charter school, a medical facility, community space for cultural and social programs, and a supermarket. It will also be the largest Passive House project in the city. Garrison Playground, located immediately to the north, will be rehabilitated. The city is expected to finance the project, which must first journey through the city’s Urban Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) process. ULURP is scheduled to begin in early 2017.
Bluestone Group, Altmark Capital, and Princeton Holdings have acquired, for $14.1 million, the six-story, 84,650-square-foot industrial building at 780 East 135th Street, in Port Morris, located five blocks from the Cypress Avenue stop on the 6 train. The previous owner was using the building as a storage facility, although the property is being delivered vacant. The new owners are considering converting it into creative office space or artists’ lofts, according to Commercial Observer. The exact plans for the structure have not yet been finalized or official disclosed.
The industrial area along the South Bronx waterfront is about to sprout several high-rise residential towers, but development a couple blocks inland may bring another sign of impending gentrification: new artist studios. Plans were filed last week for a three-story commercial building at 740 East 137th Street in Port Morris.
Mark Koplowitz has filed applications for a single-story, 3,120 square-foot commercial-retail building at 810 East 147th Street, in the South Bronx neighborhood of Woodstock. According to the filings, it will contain stores. The site is located three blocks north of the 6 train’s stop at East 134rd Street/St. Mary’s Street. Long Island-based Shahriar Afshari is the applicant of record.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has begun its public hearings for dealing with its backlog of items proposed for designation. It started on Thursday with the items in the Bronx. Among them was the Immaculate Conception Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and its convent and priests’ residence located, respectively, at 378 East 151st Street and 375-395 East 150th Street. While advocates support designating the campus as an individual landmark, the church itself says it wouldn’t be able to handle it.