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Controversial Developer Bringing 'Affordable' Food Hall to South Bronx

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The latest in Keith Rubenstein’s ploy to reshape the South Bronx waterfront

The much-feared, seemingly inevitable gentrification of the South Bronx is barreling forward, with another trendy development incoming courtesy of Somerset Partners developer Keith Rubenstein. According to The Real Deal, he recently closed on a 16,000-square-foot warehouse (that could be expanded to 30,000 square feet) in the South Bronx at 9 Bruckner Boulevard. Rubenstein, who acquired two other South Bronx sites along the waterfront last year, plans to convert the warehouse into a food hall dubbed Bruckner Market.

The future dining emporium happens to sit across the street from the residential developments he owns along with the Chetrit Group. Rubenstein is also one of the backers behind Filtered Coffee, a trendy coffeeshop that opened in Mott Haven earlier this year. (And then there was that whole "Bronx is burning" party from last year, which those developers would surely rather forget happened altogether.)

While the details for Bruckner Market are still being hashed out, Rubenstein foresees a dine-in restaurant, several food stands, a fresh food market, and hopefully a beer garden, all with affordable price points. Rubenstein ambitiously hopes to have food hall up and running within the next 12 to 18 months.