Opening of the first two rentals in the huge real estate complex in the south of the Bronx, La Central



Photo © Julienne Schaer

The first two rentals at the five-building South Bronx La Central complex officially opened on Wednesday. The mixed-use towers, located at 556 and 600 Bergen Street in the Borough’s Melrose neighborhood, contain 500 housing units, a new YMCA, studios for BronxNet and a rooftop farm operated by GrowNYC.

Photo © Julienne Schaer

Designed by MHG Architects in collaboration with FXCollaborative and Future Green Studio, the two buildings (“A” and “B”) offer a mix of studios, one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, considered affordable for those who earn between 30 and 100 percent of the region’s median income (MAI).

Facilities include bicycle storage, on-site laundry facilities, residents’ lounge and parking, in addition to the state-of-the-art YMCA building and rooftop gardens.

A team of companies Hudson, BRP, Kretchmer, ELH-TKC LLC, Comunilife and Breaking Ground, as well as the Housing Preservation and Development and Housing Development Corporation, developed the two new buildings.

“Our vision for La Central ‘Leave no square footage to chance’ becomes reality starting today,” said Aaron Koffman, managing director of The Hudson Companies, in a press release.

“With affordable housing powered by sustainable energy production, community and educational spaces for all ages and vibrant recreation spaces for the neighborhood, La Central will be a hub within The Hub for the southern community. Bronx. Congratulations to this new wave of New Yorkers who have made La Central their home.

When complete, La Central will measure 1.1 million square feet and contain 1,000 low income homes, 80,000 square feet of community space and 45,000 square feet of retail space.

Tenants for the new development include Taste of the Bronx Cafe, a community-driven space of Bronx Beer Hall operators, Sustainable Snacks, with items prepared by a rotating roster of local chefs, Metate Authentica Comida Mexicana, a Mexican restaurant with a existing store in Riverdale and an organic grocery store.

Breaking Ground and Comunilife’s 160-unit supportive services (“D”) apartment building, which includes apartments for former homeless people with special needs and low-income New Yorkers, has opened in London. fall 2019.

The last two affordable buildings, “C” and “E”, opened last summer. This phase includes a community space, a skate park and a telescope on the roof of Building E, operated by the Bronx High School of Science. The final phase of La Central is expected to be completed in 2023.


Key words :
Breaking Ground, BRP Companies, FXCollaborative, Hudson Companies, La Central, MHG Architects, New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development


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