The site of a one-time architectural marvel at 425 Grand Concourse is about to become instead the site of some of the most energy-efficient housing in the city, Bronx and city officials announced yesterday.
Five buildings ranging between eight and 25 stories are planned, consisting of 992 apartments, a 50,000 square-foot YMCA, 45,000 square feet of retail space, two acres of open space and community and educational facilities. But some residents are worried about the strain on public transportation and an increase in traffic once the project wraps up in three years.
The Mott Haven-based owners of Lil’ Kitchen, Big Appetite, say they will deliver homemade Southern food to residents who long for consistency, in the neighborhood and across the city.
The Mott Haven Educational Complex opened in 2010, a sprawling facility housing four schools on a contaminated site formerly occupied by a manufactured gas plant. Nearly six years later, annual reports required to assess the effectiveness of environmental cleanup and the safety of the site remain hard to find.
Angelo Cabrera co-founded the Mexican American Students Association in 2001 as a response to proposed New York state legislation that would have made undocumented students pay out-of-state tuition. Now he’s back, following a two-year ban from the country.
Last year, just three percent of Big Brothers and Big Sisters volunteers in the city hailed from the Bronx. The organization is trying to change that by expanding its outreach in the borough.