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An Arts-based Mixed-use Development Collaboration with WHEDco and Blue Sea Development Corporation 

WHEDco and Blue Sea Development Company are collaborating on a 426,000 square foot mixed-use development which includes affordable housing; the Bronx Music Heritage Center, a community performance and event space; retail space; and green recreational space. It will serve as a cultural destination and site for music and dance performances, community events, and production and multimedia activities.

  • Celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Bronx by drawing upon and restoring pride in its history
  • Meet the need for affordable housing options in the Bronx, including live/work space for elder artists
  • Bring housing together with the arts, open green space, health and fitness, and urban farming
  • Utilize the arts as a means of catalyzing the renewal of a neighborhood rich in history and culture

Developers/Owners: WHEDco and Blue Sea Development Company
Design Architects: Danois Architects, PC

  • Sustainable design features
  • 305 affordable rental apartments for low income artists, families and individuals, including live/work spaces for elder artists
  • The Bronx Music Heritage Center, including community archives, a performance venue, and ongoing exhibits that celebrate the vibrant and varied cultural legacy of the Bronx
  • Community programming
  • Retail space
  • Green roof
  • Solar panels

The development will be located in the Melrose Commons neighborhood of the South Bronx, on the west side of Elton Avenue, between East 162nd and East 163rd Street.