Several weeks ago Welcome2TheBronx was alerted that plans had been filed for a 10 story building at 425 Westchester Avenue at The Hub in Melrose.

Our first thought was it would be residential considering it’s directly across from La Central which is currently under construction and will bring with it 992 residential units.

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425 Westchester Avenue is currently a parking lot across from La Central development which is rapidly rising.

But upon closer inspection of the application with New York City’s Department of Buildings, it was revealed that the proposed 10 story structure would be an educational facility.

Rendering of 425 Westchester Avenue in Melrose at The Hub

This wouldn’t be the first educational tower in Melrose as Boricua College’s main campus on 161st Street rises 14 stories overlooking The Northrose affordable housing development.

Once constructed, 425 Westchester Avenue will add additional retail space on Westchester Avenue and along with retail at La Central will expand the current commercial corridor at The Hub.

Calls to the developer have gone unanswered as to which charter school will be moving in but we do know that there will be retail space on the ground-floor and according to Real Estate NJ, there will also be office spaces for non profit organizations as well as a rooftop playground.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of this year.

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