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La Central

430 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY

Affordable Rental

La Central, located in the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx, will be a multi-phase, mixed-use affordable housing development offering 992 apartments, a 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art YMCA, a new home for BronxNet Television Studios, a public skate park, and a rooftop telescope operated by the Bronx High School of Science. In addition, La Central will contain 30,000 square feet of community space and over 45,000 square feet of new retail space. Hudson and its partners -The BRP Companies, ELH-TKC LLC, The Related Companies, Common Ground, Comunilife, and the YMCA of Greater New York – anticipate final completion in early 2019.

Phase I will be comprised of Buildings A, B and D, which will contain 215, 281 and 160 apartments, respectively. The 12-story Building A will contain the YMCA, 16,100 square feet of retail space, and a GrowNYC urban rooftop demonstration farm. At 13 stories, Building B will contain 28,800 square feet of retail space and approximately 10,000 square feet of studio and classroom space for BronxNet. Building D will be comprised of 160 supportive units, many of which will be set aside for older adults living with HIV/AIDS and single veterans with mental illnesses. Phase I is slated to begin construction in late 2015, with final completion in early 2018.

Phase II, to be comprised of Buildings C and E, will contain an additional 336 apartments. Community uses will include spaces for non-profits including Music Has No Enemies, Phyl’s Academy Day Care, and the Bronx Astronomy Tower and Educational Center. Buildings C and E will be eight and 25 stories, respectively.

Apartments ranging in size from studios to four-bedrooms will be available by lottery to households earning between 30 and 100 percent of the NYC area median income. Individuals and households from Community District 1 will be given preference for 50 percent of these units. All apartments will have access to almost 2 acres of private and public open space, including large, landscaped courtyards, secure playgrounds, and various roof decks.

Hudson and its partners are committed to sustainable and resilient building. The project will include over 600,000 watts of solar panels to power co-generation, providing up to a 50 percent savings on energy and reducing reliance on the area’s electric grid. Additionally, low-flow fixtures and water-efficient appliances will outfit every apartment, cutting water consumption by as much as 45 percent. Finally, landscaped common areas will provide tenants access to quality outdoor space, and the new YMCA will provide tenants with easy access to health and wellness.

Project Summary

  • Approximately 1.1 million square feet
  • 992 dwelling units, including 160 Supportive Housing units
  • Concrete block and plank structure
  • Design by MHG Architects, F/XFOWLE, Future Green Studio
  • Construction TBD
  • Construction financing NYS HFA, NYC HDC, and NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development

Site design by Naiad Design