Hudson Companies announce 4 new tenants coming to La Central
The Hudson Companies has announced that four new tenants have secured space in La Central, the innovative new affordable housing development located at 556 and 600 Bergen Avenue in the Melrose neighborhood of The Bronx.
While disclosing this in a statement on Monday November 23, 2020, HC stated that the new tenants include a community-based café, a sit-down Mexican restaurant co-located with a slice shop, an organic grocer, as well as an operator for the 135-space on-site parking garage.
"The leases, totaling 6,710 square feet and 36,904 square feet for the parking garage, are indicative of the greater strength of the commercial market in the Bronx despite the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the significant draw of the Melrose neighborhood in particular," the statement reads.
La Central is being developed by a partnership of the Hudson Companies, BRP Companies, Kretchmer Companies, ELH-TKC LLC, Comunilife and Breaking Ground, together with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development and the New York City Housing Development Corporation.
“At a time when the entire city is struggling, the strong interest in La Central is a testament not only to the vibrant Melrose neighborhood but to The Bronx as a whole,” said Aaron Koffman, Principal of the Hudson Companies.
“These new tenants will help transform La Central into a neighborhood destination, bringing beloved Bronx businesses and needed amenities to the community.
"We look forward to welcoming residents to these exciting new spaces at La Central next year," he added.
The new tenants include the Taste of The Bronx Cafè, an innovative culinary partnership between Paul and Anthony Ramirez, owners of The Bronx Beer Hall in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, and Rebecca Scott, founder of Sustainable Snacks, a Bronx-based natural foods company committed to promoting public health through better snacking.
The community-focused café space will feature gourmet menus prepared by a rotating roster of borough-based chefs.
"Taste of The Bronx is excited to launch The Taste of The Bronx Cafè, our first permanent space, at La Central in The South Bronx!," says Paul Ramirez, Taste of The Bronx partner.
“The Bronx is a dynamic borough filled with a variety of thriving small businesses,” says Anthony Ramirez II, Taste of The Bronx partner.
“The Taste of The Bronx Cafè at La Central will work to raise awareness of the high-quality products that are created in our borough while offering small businesses the opportunity to grow their brands," he added.
"In addition to creating a launchpad for local brands, the Taste of The Bronx Cafè will offer a robust menu that puts a healthful spin on traditional favorites and community programming.
"Our goal is to create a safe and inclusive space that celebrates and empowers Bronxites,” said Rebecca Scott, Taste of The Bronx partner.
Metate Authentica Comida Mexicana, a highly regarded Mexican restaurant based in Riverdale, will open a 3,000-square-foot outpost on the ground floor of La Central.
Diners can expect to enjoy the same signature dishes made popular by the Riverdale institution at this new sit-down restaurant. Metate, owned by Cecilio Ballinas, will also have a take-out pizza counter within the restaurant.
“I am thrilled to be a new tenant at La Central,” said Cecilio Ballinas, proprietor of Metate Authentica Comida Mexicana. “I have been running Metate Restaurant in Riverdale, and now we are coming to the South Bronx. We are excited and looking forward to serving the community our authentic Mexican cuisine.”
Hudson has also signed a 2,600-square-foot lease with a small organic grocery, operated by Hamood A. Alsaedi, who owns six other stores in the New York City area.
The grocery will stock fresh fruits and vegetables, smoothies and other healthy food options, serving both La Central’s tenants as well as the surrounding neighborhood.
Zafar Majeed has signed on to manage the development’s 135 plus-space public parking lot.
Open to the general public, the lot is not restricted to use by La Central’s tenants, meaning customers of La Central’s tenants as well as users from the surrounding area can park there.
The leases were co-brokered by Kathy Zamechansky at the KZA Realty Group and Steve Kaufman and Mia Abdou of RM Friedland.
These new tenants will join the YMCA, which has signed a 50,000-square-foot lease in La Central Building A, and a BronxNet television studio in Building B. Overall, nearly 90 percent of the available retail space at La Central A & B has been leased.
Together the three phases of La Central comprise five individual buildings, which will include 992 affordable residences; a fully programmed interior landscaped courtyard; 80,000 square feet of community facility space; a public park, 45,0000 square feet of retail; and a roof-mounted telescope to be controlled by the Bronx High School of Science.
626 Bergen Avenue, the first building completed at La Central and developed by Breaking Ground and Comunilife, opened in the summer of 2019 and created 161 apartments for formerly homeless veterans and New Yorkers with special needs as well as low-income residents.
The final phase is expected to be completed in 2023 and will contain approximately 350 affordable apartments at a range of income levels.