Working with The Stagg Group, one of the Bronx’s most prominent developers, Marin Architects designed an 11-story, 142,000 square foot, mixed-use building on Webster Avenue. Looking to bring apartments to the Bronx as an affordable alternative to Manhattan or Brooklyn, the Norwood Garden building features retail as well as after school programming as additional enticements for new residents.
Due to the nature of the project as a new multi-use development on a previously undeveloped property, municipal approval was required from various city agencies including Dept. of Building, MTA Metro North, HPD, Inclusionary Housing, NYC Waterway Revitalization Program, NYC Office of Environmental Remediation, Office of General Attorney for Condo Plan, and Enterprise Green Communities. Marin helped to coordinate all the necessary documentation to facilitate the approvals process.
To expedite the construction schedule, a Girder Slab system was used in the structural design. This steel and precast slab system is fabricated off-site and therefore decreases construction time of the building on site. It is designed as a series of engineered components. In addition, its lightweight steel frame and shallow floor design is ideal for multi-story buildings where ceiling height needs to be maximized. Clean slabs provide ample space for mechanical and electrical systems.
The apartments will provide underground parking in addition to an aboveground lot. There are 12 apartments on floors 2 through 9, and there are 10 each on the upper two floors. To meet with Inclusionary Housing requirements the building is an 80/20, with 20 percent being affordable housing. Common rooms and exercise facilities are part of the programming. About 4,000 square feet of retail is included on the ground floor.