The Bronx Is Getting a New Mixed-Use High-Rise Near Yankee Stadium

Posted On Tue, August 11, 2015 By

Posted On Tue, August 11, 2015 By In Architecture, Bronx, New Developments, Rentals

Google Earth images courtesy of CityRealty

Brooklyn and Queens have been flush with new condos and rental developments lately, now it’s time for the Bronx to get in on the action. Local developer M. Melnick & Co. has begun construction of a mixed-income, 17-story residential and commercial high rise at 810 River Avenue that will be the area’s first since it was rezoned in 2009. The company dates back to 1934 and has proven to be reliable builders of multi-family, senior, supportive and mixed-use housing developments around the city.

810 River Avenue, Yankee Stadium, South Bronx, Heritage Park, 161st Street, Bronx Development Construction progress as of this weekend

Ground was broken back in May on the 134-unit, 190,000-square-foot development set to rise at the doorstep of “the house that Ruth built.” The site is situated across from the old Yankee Stadium that is now the 10-acre Heritage Park and is only 15 minutes to Midtown Manhattan via the nearby 161st Street-Yankee Stadium train station. The 161st Street/River Avenue corridor was rezoned by the Bloomberg administration six years ago and allows for mixed-use buildings that can rise up to 30 stories with an inclusionary housing bonus. Up until now, however, the rezoning has failed to procure any new development activity.

810 River Avenue, Yankee Stadium, South Bronx, Heritage Park, 161st Street, Bronx Development 161st Street / River Avenue rezoning map courtesy of NYC Planning

The project replaces the former Ball Park Lanes bowling alley that closed four year ago, which the 161st Street Business Improvement District executive director Cary Goodman tells the Bronx Times, “has left a void in the local community.” According to an HDC press release, wood from the former bowling alley was donated to a non-profit for reuse. Five nearby sites were also included in the rezoning that Goodman hopes can bring “a whole wave of changes to the neighborhood, and would dramatically alter the skyline of the stadium district.”

810 River Avenue, Yankee Stadium, South Bronx, Heritage Park, 161st Street, Bronx Development

810 River Avenue, Yankee Stadium, South Bronx, Heritage Park, 161st Street, Bronx DevelopmentGoogle Earth images courtesy of CityRealty

810 was designed by prolific SLCE Architects and its steel and plank structure will rise to its 170-foot height in three distinct tiers. The residential portion of the tower is further setback to reduce noise from the adjacent elevated train line. The sawtooth corner along its ground floor commercial base is mandated by zoning which requires all new buildings fronting the elevated track to create additional pedestrian circulation space. Zoning also mandates parking for 40 percent of all units, and at 810 River there will be a 61-space garage below ground. Residents will also have access to a common laundry room, 67-space bike storage, gym, media lounge, two outdoor spaces, and a residents’ recreation room. Homes are outfitted with high-performance windows, wood floors, and Energy Star dishwashers.

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  • vnm

    It is crazy that the developer is forced to build 61 parking spaces (making the apartments less affordable), when this building is on the same block as the east side subway and the west side subway, and across the street from a 2,400-space parking garage.

    • fknnice

      As someone who parks in the 2,400 space parking garage…I’d park my car in the building if I lived there simply for the convenience of not having to track my groceries up and down the street, or worse yet, parking in front of the building and risk a ticket or a tow while I take my groceries upstairs in an area that is known for horrendous parking already. Why do we have a car? Well, we like to drive upstate or out of state. Mind you, I take the 4 train to work every weekday, I don’t drive to the office.

  • natlaie acevedo

    when will it be finished and when will the applications be available

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