WHEDco and Blue Sea Development Company are collaborating on a 361,600 square foot mixed-use development which includes affordable housing; the Bronx Music Heritage Center, a community performance and event space; a rooftop urban farm including a hydroponic greenhouse; a grocer offering healthy food options; and green recreational space. It will serve as a cultural destination and site for music and dance performances, community events, production and multimedia activities, and an intergenerational oral history project. The aim is to mobilize a "creative class" to drive economic development and spawn a related cluster of new businesses in the Melrose Commons neighborhood of the South Bronx.
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) awarded the site to WHEDco and Blue Sea the through a competitive RFP in 2009. HPD and the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) will provide financing for the affordable housing and community facility space in Bronx Commons.
Developers/Owners: WHEDco and Blue Sea Development Company
Design Architects: Rogers Marvel Architects
The development will be located in the Melrose Commons neighborhood of the South Bronx, on the west side of Elton Avenue, between East 162nd and East 163rd Street.
Melrose Commons Site B has 293 mixed-income rental apartments for families earning 50-80% of the Area Median Income ($29,500 - $61,500 for a family of 4). Approximately 75% of the units available have 2 or more bedrooms.