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Projects & Proposals > Bronx > East Fordham Road Printer Friendly Version
East Fordham Road Rezoning - Approved!
Existing Context and Zoning
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

Existing Zoning / Land Use Map
Existing Zoning / Land Use Map
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Fordham Road is a prominent east-west thoroughfare that serves as the gateway to the Central Bronx.  Historically East Fordham Road in the rezoning area was characterized by auto-related uses including car dealerships, gas stations and auto repair shops.  The section of East Fordham Road from Bathgate Avenue to Southern Boulevard, which is the focal point of the rezoning study, differs greatly from Fordham Road to the west.  East Fordham Road west of the study area is lined with commercial businesses and bustles with activity on a daily basis.  In comparison there is a lack of activity at the street level in the rezoning area and while commercial enterprises exist, they are not at the same scale as those to the west.  New uses along this section of East Fordham Road have been limited to local retail and medical facilities. This lack of retail continuity along this stretch of the corridor produces a vastly different pedestrian experience making it feel somewhat desolate.  Fordham University, the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden are all impacted by these conditions.

Belmont is a diverse and vibrant community in the central Bronx, generally surrounded by Fordham University to the north, East Tremont to the south, the Bronx Zoo, Bronx Park and the Bronx Botanical Garden to the east and the Bathgate neighborhood to the west.  Belmont is today known as the Little Italy of the Bronx and in the early part of the 20th century was home to a large Italian population and Arthur Avenue; the neighborhood’s main commercial area continues to thrive with eateries and markets some of which have been in business for decades. 

The area is well served by mass transit.  Fordham Plaza located just west of the study area is the multi-modal transit nexus at the heart of the Bronx and is the terminal destination for three local bus routes, three regional bus lines, and New York City's first bus rapid transit line, the Bx12 Select Bus Service and also provides connections to the B, D, 2, 4 and 5 subway lines and the Fordham Metro-North regional rail station.  The Fordham Metro North station is the third busiest station system-wide for Metro-North Railroad and has the highest ridership of any station in the Bronx.

The surrounding area has seen significant improvements and economic investment in recent years.  In 2009, a new 14-story commercial/office building was completed at the intersection of Webster Avenue and East Fordham Road just west of the study area.  Roadway reconstruction between the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden was completed in 2012.  Fordham Plaza began a $26 million redesign and reconstruction in February 2013.  The redesign will significantly improve traffic circulation in and around the plaza and access to mass transit, while creating new space for events and bringing in new retailers and amenities.  Fordham Road west of the study area is one of the busiest shopping centers seeing an average of more than 80,000-plus pedestrians walk the corridor between Jerome Avenue and Webster Avenue. 

Fordham Road and Valentine Avenue
Fordham Road and Valentine Avenue
Fordham Road and Elm Place
Fordham Road and Elm Place
Medical Facility East Fordham Road (Between Belmont & Hughes Avenue)
Medical Facility East Fordham Road (Between Belmont & Hughes Avenue)

New Deli (East Fordham Road & Bathgate Avenue)
New Deli (East Fordham Road & Bathgate Avenue)

The study area is predominantly zoned C8-1 concentrated along the frontage of East Fordham Road between Bathgate Avenue and Southern Boulevard.  R6 zoning districts are mapped along East 191st Street as well as along Arthur Avenue. C2-3 and C2-4 commercial overlays are mapped on select properties on the north side of East Fordham Road.

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C8-1
The majority of the rezoning area is zoned C8-1. The C8-1 zoning district is located along East Fordham Road between Bathgate Avenue and Southern Boulevard. C8-1 districts are general service districts that allow commercial and community facility uses in Use Groups 4 through 14 and 16. The most prevalent uses in C8 districts are automotive and heavy commercial uses such as auto repair and showrooms, warehouses, gas stations and car washes. Residential uses are not permitted. The maximum commercial floor area ratio (FAR)in C8-1 districts is 1.0. The maximum building height is determined by its sky exposure plane, which begins 30 feet above the street line. Community facilities are permitted at an FAR of 2.4. Off-street parking requirements vary with the use, but generally most uses require one accessory parking space per 300 square feet of commercial space.

Gas Station on East Fordham Road and Arthur Avenue
Gas Station on East Fordham Road and Arthur Avenue

Drive through restaurant on East Fordham Street
Drive through restaurant on East Fordham Road between Lorillard Place and Hoffman Street
Surface parking lot on East Fordham Road and Cambreleng Avenue
Surface parking lot on East Fordham Road and Cambreleng Avenue

R6

An R6 district currently encompasses a portion of the study area bounded by Bathgate Avenue and Crotona Avenue north of East Fordham Road and another portion along Arthur Avenue between East Fordham Road and East 187th Street. R6 is a height factor district where residential and community facility uses are regulated by a sky exposure plane.  R6 district results in developments usually between three and twelve stories. Residential FAR ranges from 0.78 to 2.43, with the higher ratio applicable to buildings that provide more open space. Community facility FAR is 4.8 and the parking requirement is set at 70% of dwelling units. Residential development under the Quality Housing Program within an R6 District has a maximum FAR of 2.2 on narrow streets (defined as less than 75 feet wide) with a 55-foot building height limit and a maximum of 3.0 FAR on wide streets (defined as 75 feet wide or greater) with a height limit of 70 feet. Off-street parking is required for 70% of the dwelling units. This requirement is lowered to 50% of the units if the lot area is less than 10,000 square feet or if Quality Housing provisions are used.  If fewer than five spaces are required, then the off-street parking requirement is waived.

Row houses on Hoffman Street
Row houses on Hoffman Street
Multi-family walk-up on Bathgate Avenue
Multi-family walk-up on Bathgate Avenue

Commercial Overlays
Local Retail along Arthur Avenue and East 189th Street
Local Retail along Arthur Avenue and East 189th Street
C2-3 and C2-4 commercial overlay districts are mapped along the north side of East Fordham Road from Hughes Avenue to Crotona Boulevard.  C2- districts are mapped within residential districts and serve the local retail needs (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants) of the surrounding residential neighborhood. C2- districts permit Use Groups 1 through 9 and 14.

The maximum commercial FAR permitted is 2.0. When mapped within an R6 zoning district commercial uses are limited to one or two floors and must always be located below residential uses. C2-3 districts require one accessory parking space per 400 square feet of commercial floor space.  C2-4 districts require one parking space per 1,000 square feet of floor area.






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