Earlier this month, YIMBY revealed the design for a large, passive-house affordable development in Melrose. Now we’ve got a look at another energy efficient affordable project, the Creston Parkview, in the Fordham section of the Bronx.
Designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning, the 12-story building at 2519 Creston Avenue will hold 181 below-market rentals. Apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms and rent to a range of incomes, but the developer is not ready to disclose the income levels of future renters yet.
The building is still in the design phase, but the architects and developer are aiming for the Creston Parkview to meet passive house standards. Environmentally friendly features will include two accessible green roofs, extra-thick windows, high performance appliances, and renewable building materials. Tenants will also be able to enjoy a 7,300-square-foot community center on the ground floor and a landscaped interior courtyard.
New building applications were filed last week for the building, which will replace a parking lot and rise across the street from St James Park, on a site at the corner of East 191st Street. The 181 apartments will be spread across 143,281 square feet of residential space, yielding an average unit of 791 square feet. There will also be a 66-car garage on the ground floor, although the city zoning code doesn’t require residential parking for this building because it will be 100 percent affordable housing. The architects tell us it will be a commercial parking garage, which the developer plans to build to replace the current parking lot.
Radson Development, based in Great Neck, is developing the project. The firm is responsible for more than a dozen affordable projects in the Bronx, including three buildings in western Bronx neighborhoods near Fordham University.
It’s unclear whether Radson owns the site, which last changed hands for an undisclosed amount in 2001. The firm plans to break ground in the summer of 2018 and wrap construction sometime in 2020.