The new Soundview development is part of an initiative by the New York City Housing Authority and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development to create additional, much-needed affordable housing on vacant and underutilized portions of existing public housing complexes. At Soundview, in the south-central Bronx, a mixed development including senior and family rental apartments and 2-family townhouses occupies a site comprised of two former parking lots and an area of overgrown land adjoining a mapped, but unbuilt city street.
The phasing of the new development has begun with construction of the street, and will continue with a 120-unit family building and an 86-unit senior building. Both buildings will face the newly constructed segment of Bronx River Avenue and will overlook Soundview Park at the mouth of the Bronx River. Their design references NYCHA’s existing multi-story mid-20th century brick structures as well as the smaller 3-story homes within the adjacent neighborhood. Each will have a 3-story wing along the new street responding to the context of low-rise neighborhood buildings and an 8-story portion set back from the street, with a massing that maintains existing view corridors of Soundview Park and the Bronx River from the NYCHA buildings. Both new buildings will include ground floor community rooms and laundry rooms, with a common landscaped outdoor “green” and central walkway between the two, extending the central open space axis of the NYCHA complex.