New development in The Bronx doesn't garner as much attention as it does in other boroughs, but a lot has been going on there. Long-neglected lots are being transformed into sites for low-income and eco-friendly housing, combating The Bronx's tired reputation. RentCafe has gathered 11 sites where new development has reshaped that image in the past decade. Look on.
↑ Completed in 2009, El Jardin de Selene near the corner of East 158th Street and Melrose Avenue in Melrose is a 12-story eco-friendly building with 84 one- and two-bedroom apartments. It's LEED Gold certified and has features like bamboo flooring and solar panels. ↑ Dattner Architects and Grimshaw partnered to build Via Verde, an eco-friendly affordable housing development in Melrose. It's ironic that the property on which the 222-unit building sits was a former brownstone site, because these days the site of the green development is overflowing with new shrubbery and gardens. It was completed in 2012, and followed up with a chorus of praise from the city's archicritic community. ↑ The two-building development on Courtlandt Avenue between East 160th and 161st Street was built by Phipps Houses in 2010. One of the two buildings, formerly known as CourtlandCorner I and II, was recently rebranded as The Upton, an "affordable luxury" development. ↑ In Morrisania, two low-income housing developments have sprung up on the corner of Third Avenue and East 167th Street since 2010. Between La Casa De La Estrella and La Casa De Luna there are 227 apartments with access to underground parking and rooftop terraces. ↑ The 14-story building at Third Avenue and East 161st Street was constructed in 2010 and houses academic and administrative offices of Boricua College as well as 700 units of affordable and moderate-income housing. ↑ In Port Morris, Bruckner By the Bridge I, II, and III rose in 2011, bringing 419 apartments for low-income individuals to Willis Avenue near 132nd Street. ↑ More north, the Walton Henwoods development in Mount Hope began welcoming residents in 2008. The building at Walton Avenue and East 175th Street stands 13 stories and has 104 studios to two-bedrooms. ↑ This major development in Belmont brought a Best Buy and a Walgreen's to the edge of Fordham University's Rose Hill campus. The 14-story building cost $120 million to construct, and almost one-quarter of it was constructed using recycled materials. ↑ Lindenguild Hall at Third Avenue and Claremont Parkway was completed in 2013 and includes 104 apartments, half of which are set aside for homeless residents.The remaining apartments are for low-income residents. ↑ The ginormous apartment building at 2271 Washington Avenue in East Tremont stands 14 stories and has 118 apartments. RentCafe notes that rentals go to residents earning less than 55% of the area’s median income.↑ Three separate buildings for low-income residents sprung up on Third Avenue between 172nd and 173rd streets in Claremont Village in 2008. Between them, there are 278 apartments.