We’ve been hearing so much about neighborhoods like Bushwick, Sunset Park, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Long Island City ushering in a new era of creative industry. But the city’s next creative office hub is blossoming in the South Bronx neighborhoods of Mott Haven, Port Morris, and Hunts Point. CityRealty offers an update on newest addition to the area, to arrive by mid-2018: Union Crossing at 825 East 141st Street will bring more than 275,000 square feet of office and studio space with retail on the ground floor.
The eight-story building is situated between the Bruckner Expressway and Amtrak’s Hell Gate line, which Metro-North will utilize when it adds four new Bronx stops to its New Haven line over the next few years, including one in Hunt’s Point just north of Union Crossing. Additionally, the 6 train’s East 143rd Street-St. Mary’s Street station is nearby, as is Willow Avenue’s burgeoning art and manufacturing district. Development partners Madison Realty Capital, The Altmark Group, The Bluestone Group, and Galil Management acquired the site in 2016 for $44 million from the New York-based Union Standard Equipment Company, according to the Bronx Times.
Recently the team launched an official website marketing the spaces, saying the new hub is being built upon the energy and entrepreneurial spirit of New York City’s northernmost borough and offers flexible office and studio spaces and retail amenities to the growing creative community of Port Morris. Per the site, the eight-story building was constructed as a major baking facility for the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P). When the grocer moved its production outside of the city, the building became the world’s largest warehouse and rebuilding facility for food processing and packaging equipment.
For the building’s newest chapter the international firm of Woods Bagot has been brought on to upgrade the infrastructure. Plans include new MEP systems, passenger elevators and windows. Flexible and expansive floor plates with 20-foot ceilings will become offices, maker studios and commissaries. The upper floor will offer sweeping city and water views. The ground floor will contain retail spaces, and there will be a loading dock off Bruckner Boulevard and an oversized freight elevator.
Silvercup Studios brought a new film studio to the area in 2016 and a new Fresh Direct distribution center is in the works for later in 2018.
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Renderings courtesy of Woods Bagot.