2401 Third Avenue
Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC (MAP) was selected by The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) to conduct a zoning analysis and several massing studies in order to understand vehicular accessibility and pedestrian circulation issues of the site.
MAP examined the site context, land use, building typology, transportation access, and site constraints for the area bounded by 135th Street and the Harlem River between Third Avenue and Willis Avenue. Once the data was collected, a zoning analysis was conducted and resulted with the site being located within three zoning districts, and subject to waterfront zoning lot requirements.
Site accessibility for pedestrians as well as vehicles was a critical aspect of the study. Since the current access to the site is ‘pinched’ between an existing building and a public stairway, an elevated waterfront esplanade is proposed in order to lift the pedestrian movement and activity above the existing elevated Harlem River freight line and link it with the existing pedestrian access points located on the Third Avenue Bridge. This provides the neighborhood with a public amenity, making it conducive for recreational activities along the waterfront, and serving as an urban design framework favorable for a mixed-use development at the proposed site.