Morrisania Air Rights
Houses in the Bronx is slated to receive more than $10.4 million in upgrades,
including a new outdoor recreational area, an electronic gate control system,
new fencing and other improvements, under two contracts recently approved by the
Board of the New York City Housing Authority.
"These contracts will allow us to
modernize the infrastructure of the development and, more importantly, make this
a safer and more pleasant living environment for the residents," said NYCHA
Chairman Tino Hernandez.
The contracts come on the heels of work
that saw the remodeling of the bathrooms in all 843 apartments and, more
recently, approval of a contract for new closet doors.
Major features in the contracts include:
- The comprehensive upgrade of ground and deck areas
sited over the Metro North Railroad tracks.
- Development of a newly acquired lot into recreational
open space with paving and athletic surfacing.
- Redesign of play and sitting areas with protective
- A new electronic gate access control system for the
relocated parking area.
- New security lighting.
- New fencing.
- New steps and new outdoor furnishings consisting of
benches, game tables and trash receptacles.
The contracts were awarded to Omni
Contracting Co. Inc., Yonkers, N.Y. ($9 million) and Medco Electric Inc., also
of Yonkers, ($1.4 million). Work is expected to take two years to
The development, in the Morrisania
section of the Bronx, was completed in February 1980. It consists of three
buildings, 19, 23 and 29-stories tall. Park Avenue, East 158th, East 161st and
East 163rd Streets border the 5.38-acre complex.