From the NY Daily News via tweeter @fromTheBronx:
A developer that was spurned in its bid to land the Kingsbridge Armory site has finally found a way to put its stamp on the Bronx.
Youngwoo & Associates has purchased the landmarked Bronx General Post Office, a spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service confirmed late Wednesday.
You might remember Youngwoo & Associates as the developer that threw its hat into the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Project (I supported their proposal, for the record). While I’m excited to see how Youngwoo develops the space, I have mixed feelings about the sale.
Fordham Plaza is set to undergo an overhaul — complete with a cafe and markets…
Renovations at the plaza, located by Fordham University, will include planters with wooden seating that are landscaped with trees and other greenery, as well as a new bus loop to improve traffic that will include shelters and seating for riders.
Overall, pedestrian space will increase by 25 percent at the new plaza.
A $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will partially fund the project, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. (All emphasis mine.)
This is EXCELLENT news; it’s great to see continued investment in The Bronx! I can’t wait to see the new Fordham Plaza! I hope this project doesn’t fall victim to the construction delays that seem to plague smaller-scale Bronx projects like this one.
The MTA, on the cusp of completing the ADA accessibility project at Kingsbridge Rd station (see this tweet and this post for progress photos), has released its proposed capital projects for fiscal year 2015 – one of which is ADA accessibility at Bedford Park Blvd station on the Concourse Line!
[Read all about it!]
Last Wednesday, I attended the MTA Reinvention Commission’s public input session. In addition to meeting some awesome engineers and engineering graduates, I testified.
[Watch and listen...]
Photo opportunities like this don’t present themselves often, so when I saw the view from my rearview, I knew I had to stop and snap before the opportunity passed!
[Stand in awe...]
I spent a lil’ time in The Bronx on Friday and decided to take the opportunity to snap a pair of pix.
[UPDATE (07.18.2014): There are new developments in this story; see below.]
From the Norwood News:
Profits have tanked for the operator of a newsstand in the lobby of One Fordham Plaza, the enormous ten-story complex that’s home to city, medical and private offices. That’s because the owner of the stand [had] to stop selling coffee following a deal struck between the management company and the newly-opened Starbucks coffeehouse in the building’s first floor.
I’m not gonna lie – I was a lil’ excited about Starbucks opening (again) at Fordham Plaza. Upon hearing this story, however, that excitement quickly waned.