CB3 Approves 23 Affordable Homeownership Units in Morrisania Section, Part of Larger Project Covering 6 Districts – Bronx Times


Homeownership plans in the Bronx could soon become a reality, as a community board recently approved 23 co-ops in the Morrisania section of the borough.

On June 14, the Bronx Community Board 3 delivered a letter of support for a uniform land use review process (ULURP) by the city’s Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Department for the development of a six-story building containing approximately 23 affordable housing units on vacant city-owned land at 1312-1314 Chisholm Street.

The Morrisania project is part of HPD open door program, which funds new homeownership opportunities for middle- and middle-income households. The development team selected through the RFP process was Neighborhood Infill Partners LLXC, which is a joint venture of Sandra Erickson Real Estate Inc. and JCAL Development Group LLC. Once construction is complete, the developer will sell the property units to households that agree to occupy their units as owners. Sale prices will be affordable for families whose annual household income is equal to or less than 90% of the median income of the area (AMI).

The council voted 20 to 3 in favor of the project, with two council members abstaining from the vote. Board members Gilberto Constantinez and Paul Navarro praised the accommodation offered.

“It’s a wonderful project for our community,” Navarro said. “We need all types of housing in this community, not just low-income housing.”

Constantinez said it will help build generational wealth and hopefully encourage others to move to the borough.

“It’s something I advocate,” Constantinez said. “I’m just glad home ownership is coming to the Bronx.”

The approved project is part of a much larger overall project that spans 12 residential buildings with approximately 78 rental and home ownership units. The HPD and development team first appeared before CB3’s Housing, Land Use and Economic Development Committee in the fall of 2021 and discussed the entire development project of proposed scattered sites spanning six community districts – referred to as the Morrisania-Morris Heights cluster site. CB3 has a total of five of the 12 sites.

At 1312-1314 Chisholm Street, there will be a first-floor studio apartment with amenities such as a mailbox, bike storage, large patio and backyard, tenant laundry, two birdcages, fire staircase and a compaction room with a recycling Area. The building will have a cellar which will have a leisure room/fitness room, storage space and technical rooms.

The second through sixth floors will have four apartments on each floor consisting of one and two bedroom apartments with a compaction/recycling room on each floor. One-bedroom apartments will be under 600 square feet and two-bedroom apartments will be around 800 square feet. The distribution of the apartments will be a total of 11 bedrooms, 11 two bedrooms and a studio.

The approved project is part of a much larger overall project that spans 12 residential buildings with approximately 78 rental and home ownership units. The HPD and development team first appeared before CB3’s Housing, Land Use and Economic Development Committee in the fall of 2021 and discussed the entire development project of proposed scattered sites spanning six community districts – referred to as the Morrisania-Morris Heights cluster site. CB3 has a total of five of the 12 sites.

Admission to housing will give CB3 a 50% preference, municipal employees and disabled people have a 5% preference and visually impaired people have a 2% preference.

The 60-day public review process of the ULURP application for approval by the community board began on May 18. The ULURP request now requires a 30-day review by the borough president’s office.

Of all the sites described in the project, three require ULURP. The 1312-1314 Chisholm site and two locations for multi-family sites in CB5: 1647 Popham St. and 30 W. 182 St. All other project sites will be developed into small homes.

The other project sites are:
  • 1319 Chisholm Street
  • 1319A Chisholm Street
  • 1325 Chisholm Street
  • 294 E. 164th St.
  • 1234 E. 223rd St.
  • 844 Faile St.
  • 1316 Findlay Avenue
  • 2275 Place Loring
  • 1647 Popham Ave.
  • 3341 Third Ave.
  • 30 W. 182nd St.

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