Organization Name: WHEDco & BFC Partners
Project Title: Bronx Commons
Project Location: Melrose, Bronx
Bronx Commons, located at 443 East 162 Street, Bronx, NY 10451, is a 420,000 square-foot new construction of 305 permanently affordable studio, 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom rental apartments, which will serve formerly homeless families and individuals, including victims and survivors of domestic violence, as well as households earning between 30% and 110% of Area Median Income. The LEED-Silver building meets high environmental standards to offer a healthy, sustainable place for families and individuals to live, help reduce emissions that damage the environment, generate electricity through a rooftop solar panel array, and reduce utility costs for low-income residents. In addition, Bronx Commons will include a new, 150-seat public pre-kindergarten facility for three-year-old children, and ground floor, street-facing commercial space for small businesses and community programs like a restaurant/café, retail store, education programming, and workspace. Its cultural centerpiece will be the Bronx Music Hall, a 14,000 square-foot music, dance and cultural venue that will provide world-class studio, classroom, recording, exhibit and performance space to Bronx artists of all generations.
Bronx Commons is the final piece of the puzzle of the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan. The development utilizes best practices in affordable housing development by delivering a mix of deeply affordable and middle income housing, public space, community-focused retail and the cultural facilities.
•Housing: Bronx Commons will include 305 affordable apartments that will serve formerly homeless families and individuals, including survivors of domestic violence, as well as low- and middle-income households earning between 30% and 110% of Area Median Income.
•Green Space & Public Plaza: Bronx Commons will contain a central courtyard, green roof, and large, landscaped plazas with a street-level public amphitheater to be used for social events and space for green markets.
•Retail: The project will bring a 150-seat pre-kindergarten public school and other community-centric retailers.
•Bronx Music Hall: This 14,000 square foot cultural and educational space will be the centerpiece of Bronx Commons and will include a flexible performance space with approximately 250 seats; areas for exhibits; rehearsal spaces for music and dance; digital archives; a café; and outdoor performance/public recreation space.
The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation is a community development organization founded over 25 years ago on the radically simple idea that all people deserve healthy, vibrant communities. Working in the South Bronx, WHEDco builds award-winning, sustainable, affordable homes that serve as anchors for strong communities that residents can be proud of. BFC Partners has been a developer of affordable and market-rate housing in New York City for more than 35 years. Since the firm’s inception, BFC has completed over $5B in development.
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