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    ^ 500 Exterior St.

    11 story, 85 room hotel.

    NB permit here.

    Michael Kang is the listed architect. A local Queens-based architect with mostly mediocre work.

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    Thanks Anti-Nimby. Cool. That's quite a change from the current non-use of the space. I wonder how this impacts the Borough President's efforts to attract a hotel to replace any of the non-performing Yankee Stadium parking garages, or "Phase 2" of the Gateway Center at the Bronx Terminal Market, which was also supposed to be a hotel. The only other new hotel I know about in the general area is the small Days Inn on Brook Avenue between 164th & 165th.
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    That Third Avenue intersection has so much potential and could be really attractive and functional.


    Projects Add Amenities to Hub in Bronx

    By MAYA POPE-CHAPPELL



    A rendering for Triangle Equities development planned at the Hub in the South Bronx

    Dozens of parked cars, weeds and slabs of graffiti-covered concrete occupy much of the lot where new buildings will begin to rise at the Hub in the South Bronx come next year. The new development coincides with other improvements being made to the already vibrant commercial area where thousands of pedestrians pass through daily.


    Planters on Roberto Clemente Plaza

    Centered at the intersection of East 149th Street and Third, Melrose and Willis avenues, the Hub is one of the busiest intersections in the Bronx. It has long been a major retail and cultural center for the surrounding neighborhoods of Melrose and Mott Haven, but the major thoroughfare is getting a boost from improved traffic routes, more public space and a two new multi-use buildings.

    "Right now, we're not the shopping area that we once were," said Vincent Valentino, executive director of the Hub Third Avenue Business Improvement District. But Mr. Valentino is counting on the changes to ready the area for an upswing. "Hopefully it will bring people down here," he said.

    One of the most recent and noticeable changes to the Hub has been improvements to Roberto Clemente Plaza. The project, which began in 2008, brought some 15,000 square feet of pedestrian plaza and expanded sidewalk space, nearly five miles of bike lanes and improved traffic flows for both cars and buses. Planters and a small plot of greenery were also added.

    Work on the plaza in 2012 will include the removal of a small building used as a bus dispatching facility by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the addition of tables, seating and more greenery. A water fountain and a sculpture by Lewis DeSoto will also be added. The piece will reference a lighthouse inspired by the life of the plaza's namesake, who was the first Latin American player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.



    "In terms of looks, it's going to be an improvement," said Abel Brea, the owner of two cellphone sales-and-repair stores at the Hub called 1800Fix.com.

    The Hub will get another boost from two buildings that will be constructed on two lots that have been underutilized for years. Currently, the overgrown parcels are being used as a parking lot and the site of a boxing gym.

    The New York City Economic Development Corp. selected Triangle Equities to purchase and develop the parcels, which are located in the Melrose section of the Bronx near the Hub. The two sites are bounded by Westchester Avenue, East 149th Street, and Brook and Bergen avenues.

    Triangle Equities said it is in contract to purchase the parcels from the city for about $6.2 million. Construction on the Triangle Plaza project is to begin by fall 2012 with completion expected in 2014.

    The larger of the new buildings, to be constructed on a 58,000-square-foot lot, will hold retail and office space as well as two amenities not currently available at the Hub—a supermarket and a family-style, sit-down restaurant. The smaller building will hold a school and a second restaurant on a 53,800-square-foot lot.

    "This particular area has been designated as an area which is in need of fresh produce and quality markets," said Elysa Goldman, director of development for Triangle Equities. "We saw an opportunity to fill that need."


    A lot to be developed by Triangle Equities

    But Luis Vega, a meat-market owner who has worked in the area for more than 25 years, has mixed feelings about the development. While the new buildings will benefit the area, he said, the new supermarket may have an adverse affect on his business.

    "I probably have to compete with them," said Mr. Vega, who owns the Butcher's Choice Meat Market, which has two locations at the Hub. "I'm a little guy. They're going to take customers away with better prices."

    The development will also include a 8,000-square-foot public plaza with outdoor dining areas at Bergen and East 149th streets.


    Hub looking up Third Avenue

    The project will cost some $40 million, which is being funded privately, according to the developer. It's also expected to create more than 300 jobs.

    Lourdes Zapata, senior vice president of the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp., said the changes will not only "address service and educational needs of the community, but it will bring more ancillary economic benefit to the community."

    Mr. Brea, who has been in business in the area for more than 20 years, agreed, adding that he hopes pedestrians transferring at the Hub between the two subway lines and several buses that converge there will have reason to spend more time in the area.

    "Anything that they do to make this more of a destination will help," he said. "It will give the merchants more of an opportunity to display themselves."



    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000..._MIDDLETopNews

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    Wow. Just recently I was craving an update for that, and... wow.

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    I like how this one looks. Where's it located and what is it?

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    There seems to be some fairly big developments very near to this. Actually quite a large set of decently sized buildings. They started going up first (or at least were visible above the roof tops of other nearby buildings first) and I actually thought at the time that those buildings were going to be the ones that you posted (until I noticed them stopping much shorter.) So now I have no idea what they are.

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    They added a little flagpole since the last time I saw it.



























    Large: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/...c18832a5_b.jpg
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    231st Street Builds Its Future

    By WESLEY LOWERY



    Numerous projects in the vicinity of 231st Street in the West Kingsbridge section of the Bronx are giving a boost to the diverse neighborhood, residents and realestate people say.

    Orange barrels, hard hats and the other typical signs of construction have become commonplace in the past few years in the vicinity of 231st Street west of Broadway in the West Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

    In June, the newly constructed Kingsbridge Library opened its doors. The 12,625-square-foot, $17.7 million building designed by Prendergast Laurel Architects features the New York Public Library's first "green" roof, which catches and reuses rain water.

    The 231st Street subway station reopened five years ago after a major renovation that included the installation of colorful glass artwork by Felipe Galindo. Along Broadway, grocery stores have upgraded their offerings and appearance, efforts to make West Kingsbridge appealing to middle-class shoppers.


    The 231st Street subway station

    Next up: luxury condominiums. Kingsbridge has long been home to an ethnically diverse cross section of middle- and working-class residents. Now developers of two new condo buildings are trying to attract more affluent families to the area from northern Manhattan and beyond. One selling point for West Kingsbridge is its proximity to Riverdale, a wealthier Bronx community on the Hudson River.

    While West 231st Street is just two subway stops from Manhattan on the No. 1 train, getting potential residents to cross the border into the Bronx has always been difficult. But developers say that affordable prices—along with quiet streets and an abundance of private, parochial and charter schools—is helping them overcome the negative perceptions of the Bronx.


    The new Kingsbridge Library

    "We're trying to tell people that if they stay on the subway for another 10 minutes, they can save hundreds of thousands of dollars and have lower taxes and live in a doorman building," said Rutherford Thompson, a managing director at Jackson Capital Partners Corp., the sales and leasing agent for Sycamore Court, a 63-unit building that opened recently at the corner of 231st and Corlear Avenue.

    Pre-sales for condos at the Sycamore Court began in June with prices ranging from $266,000 for a studio to $632,000 for a three-bedroom. Many of the potential buyers live or work in the area and some are relocating from Inwood, in northern Manhattan. Columbia University's New York-Presbyterian Hospital, which currently has a location in Inwood, is in talks to take space for medical offices at Sycamore Court.

    Just a few hundred feet away from Sycamore, construction for the Pancas condo building at 3120 Corlear is near the final stages of completion. The building will house a charter school on the first three floors and 48 condos in the top seven floors.


    The new Kingsbridge Library

    Eric Chen, developer of the building, said prices will range from the low $200,000s for studios to as much as $500,000 for two bedrooms.
    He believes some of the negative perceptions about the Bronx will fade in the years ahead. "Just 10 or 15 years ago, Brooklyn had the same type of stigma," said Mr. Chen.
    Keith Mitchell relocated his family to the area about a year and a half ago, opening what has become a popular neighborhood shop: Leila's Hand Dipped Chocolates at 225 W. 231st St.
    "This is probably the only place in the Bronx that I would have opened a shop," Mr. Mitchell said, citing the friendly, slow-paced neighborhood ambiance that allows him to get to know his regular customers. "The little havens in the other boroughs are getting overpriced, so it might just be the spark needed to get this Kingsbridge area going," he said.


    Sycamore Court, corner of 231st Street and Corlear Avenue.

    Around the corner, on 230th Street and Corlear, TD Bank Financial Group is constructing what will be the first drive-through bank branch in the community. The branch, which will also have a solar canopy and other energy-efficient features, is part of TD Bank's 10-year effort to expand throughout the city, which has included the construction of six branches in the Bronx since 2004.
    "We like the density of population and that this area has great potential for growth," said Greg Braca, TD Bank's regional president for New York City and northern New Jersey. The branch is slated to open this fall.

    Once a predominantly Irish neighborhood, West Kingsbridge has become extraordinarily diverse. While many Irish residents still live in the community and many more visit the area's numerous Irish restaurants and bars, the growing populations are Jewish, Middle Eastern, Greek and Latino. A stroll down 231st Street leads residents past a Kosher coffee shop, a Mexican restaurant, an Italian pizzeria and an Islamic deli.



    It's a virtual United Nations," said Gary Moore, a broker at Robert E. Hill Real Estate, located on 231st Street. "Just about every group or person you could find you'd find on this street."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...625942270.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToastyPotato View Post
    Changes coming to 163rd between Courtlandt and Melrose ave.




    Anyone have any info?
    Toasty, I think the building on the left of the shot is now at least five stories, no? Can you give us a visual update?

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    Via Verde looks good. I was worried when I heard that it was value engineered but it came out nicely, I wish other low income developments had a similar architectural quality, it would give people a real pride in place and uplift neighborhoods.

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    Interloafer: that building will be 12 floors when finished.

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    Via Verde, mid August













    Stair core










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    Melrose, mid August. Sorry for the weird light and general cruddy pictures.

    La Puerta de Vitalidad



    La Casa de Felicidad corner





    Aurora




    Palacio del Sol





    El Jardin de Selene







    Parkview Commons and Parkview II



    Parts of Courtlandt Corners







    Parts of the Boricua College residential area





    St. Ann's Terrace











    Townhouses


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