No timetable set for Arthur Avenue hotel despite city approval – Bronx Times

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No timetable has been set for the construction of a hotel and affordable housing project in Belmont – which will see a 145-room hotel on 188th Street and Arthur Avenue and a 7-story, 56-unit residential building on 188th Street and Hughes Avenue – despite the proposal’s zoning change request getting the green light from various city councils and officials.

According to city documents, construction is expected to be completed in a single phase, but no official completion date has been confirmed.

Developer Harry Bajraktari of Bajraktari Management Corporation requested the zoning change of the proposed development area from residential to residential to mixed-use commercial, which was approved by the Community Board 6 and the New York City Planning Commission in January and April, respectively.

The planning council approval motion was passed by New York City Council in May, and it passed successfully through the mayor’s office last month.

“We have no update on construction or when it will start for this project at this time,” Gani Bajraktari, director of construction and energy for Bajraktari Management Corporation, told The Bronx Times.

The site currently houses low density residential and commercial buildings and a funeral home, which will be demolished to pave the way for the project. According to city documents, none of the residential units are currently stabilized and commercial tenants are being helped to move.

The first building in the plans is the 13-story hotel at the corner of Arthur Avenue and E. 188th Street. The hotel would have 146 hotel rooms, an outdoor amenity area and 128 accessory parking spaces. There will also be a commercial space on the ground floor.

In addition to an undetermined schedule for construction and completion, no hotel operator has been hired for the hotel site.

In addition, approximately 156 parking spaces in total would be added at 2450 Arthur Ave.

The second building, adjacent to the hotel, is a 56-unit complex, with 17 permanently affordable units under Option 4 for the Compulsory Inclusive Housing Workforce (MIH), which requires that a building reserves 30% of its housing for affordable housing.

Rent prices for the building could be between 70% and 130% of the average median income, with studios ranging from $ 1,307 to $ 2,501 and up to three-bedroom apartments ranging from $ 1,923 to 3 $ 697.

The building will also include six studios, 24 one-bedroom apartments, 20 two-bedroom apartments and six three-bedroom apartments.

Local developers and business leaders have touted the hotel as a tourist attraction that will generate income for Bronx staples such as Little Italy, the New York Botanical Garden and fill a need for hotels and accommodation. “High quality” in the Bronx.

The development area is located near sites such as the Bronx Zoo, Botanical Garden, Fordham University, St. Barnabas Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center and Arthur Avenue, the Bronx’s “Little Italy”.

“There is a lack of quality full-service hotels throughout the Bronx and extremely limited hotel options near the Belmont area,” Aaron Bouska, vice president of the New York Botanical Garden, said at the conference. New York Planning Commission meeting on March 3. “Arthur Avenue, however, is a strategic location for a hotel given its location in the heart of Little Italy… close to the academic and cultural attractions that welcome locals and around the world like one of these institutions. district.”

The project was rejected by residents of Belmont, who raised transparency concerns during the Community Board’s ULURP public hearing on January 6.

Contact Robbie Sequeira at [email protected] or (718) 260-4599. For more coverage, follow us on Twitter @bronxtimes and Facebook @bxtimes.