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South Bronx Could Get 300 New Affordable Apartments

The development is part of the city's Melrose Commons Urban Renewal plan

The city has filed plans to bring over 300 affordable apartments to Melrose in the South Bronx, The Real Deal reports.The project, known as Bronx Commons was first unveiled in October last year. Plans now filed with the Department of Buildings reveal the construction of a new 12-story building at 443 East 162nd Street, which is part of the larger Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Program.

The Blue Sea Development Corporation will develop the project on behalf of the city in collaboration with the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corp.(WHEDco). The project will span just over 340,000 square feet and include 303 apartments.

Danois Architects is listed as the architect of record on city records. The project page lists Roger Marvel Architects as the design architect. Apart from the apartments, the development will also include a green roof, recreational space, retail, and the permanent home for the Bronx Music Heritage Center.

Melrose Commons is a 35-block urban renewal area that is located in the South Bronx and was largely planned by local residents. A community coalition led by Nos Quedamos in partnership with architecture firm, Magnusson Architecture and Planning led the urban renewal initiative. The city approved the plan and it was signed into law in 1994.