Sold earlier this year for $19 million, the Bronx General Post Office is on its way to a new life as new owners Youngwoo & Associates have filed plans to begin redevelopment of the landmarked property. Retail, office spaces, restaurants and rooftop terraces appear to be on their way for the iconic building.
According to the plans filed, The Bronx General Post office will be developed (if approved by Department of Buildings) not too far off as Welcome2TheBronx envisioned the space would be.
According to the filing, around 7,500 square feet of space will be added to the existing 143,000 square feet of net commercial space.
Beyond that, the post office’s garage would be rehabbed to fit 54 parking spaces. Retail uses would occupy the first floor, cellar, and basement (with enough space to accommodate up to 1,700 people). The first floor would also have two restaurant spaces (rated for a maximum occupancy of 360 people), and a smaller area retained by the post office.
Above that would sit offices on the second through fourth floors (rated for occupancy by up to 777 people in total). And then there would be another “restaurant & lounge” on the penthouse level for up to 285 people, with another 265 on a rooftop terrace.
As you can see, the configuration is pretty much how we outlined it earlier this year in February utilizing the first and lower levels as retail and restaurants, the second through fourth floors as office space and the rooftop “penthouse” as a restaurant and rooftop terrace.
It’s rather exciting to see plans that will maximize the building to its fullest potential and bring more people than ever into a beloved structure. The post office will remain in the lobby ( the lobby is landmarked so it will have to be restored to its original grandeur). Back in September, Adam Zucker, Director of Business Development at YWA said:
“Not only will the exterior once again shine gloriously but the firms will also preserve and restore the landmarked lobby, including the 13 Ben Shahn murals. “We are firmly committed to honoring the building’s historic legacy and working with the USPS to ensure that the interior landmarked lobby, including “Resources of America”—the 13 murals created by the great American artists, Ben Shahn and Bernarnda Bryson—are honored, restored to their original glory and preserved for all to enjoy” said Mr. Zucker.”
Now we wait for the plans to be approved and see what exactly YWA has in store for the building.
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