Selection process for affordable housing begins at La Central
The lottery is now open on 494 apartments at the La Central complex in Melrose. Eventually, the complex will comprise five buildings on six blocks from E. 149th St. north to 155th Street along Bergen Ave., with 992 apartments, a YMCA, a new home studio for BronxNet, and a rooftop telescope to be supervised by the Bronx High School of Science.
Apartments at La Central range from studios to four-bedrooms, and will be available to applicants who earn between 30 percent and 130 percent of the federally set Area Median Income.
Half of the apartments will be earmarked for residents of Bronx Community Board 1, which includes Mott Haven, Melrose and Port Morris. Additional apartments are set aside for city employees and disabled applicants.
The two buildings for which the lottery is starting include a rooftop terrace, a GrowNYC-operated resident garden program, bicycle storage, an on-site superintendent and community rooms, a landscaped courtyard, community space, a public park, and retail space. Laundry and car parking are available for an additional cost.
The 2 and 5 trains are a block away, as are the Bx4, Bx19, Bx21 and Bx41—SBS bus routes.
One of the five buildings opened in 2019, with 161 apartments for formerly homeless veterans, special needs applicants and low-income residents.
The final phase is expected to be completed in 2023 with about 350 apartments for a range of income levels.