Capsys modules come to life as “Lego Building” in Bronx

Bronx Pro Group's 63-unit resi project houses 62 low-income tenants

TRD New York /
Feb.February 25, 2016 06:00 PM

Could it be that modular construction is the grown-up version of playing with Legos?

Before the shuttering of its Brooklyn Navy Yard factory, modular manufacturer Capsys got to work on 51 units for Bronx Pro Group’s low-income housing project at 3361 Third Avenue.

The stacked modules form a seven-story structure at the site of a former used-car lot in the Bronx, and the locals immediately latched onto, christening it as the Lego Building.

The modules — typically 42 by 17.5 feet — for the 63-unit, around 31,500-square-foot building were the heaviest the firm ever made.

Tom O’Hara, the firm’s former vice president for business development, told the Wall Street Journal that the building was constructed in three weeks.

Bronx Pro Group, which developed the $22 million project with Services for the UnderServed and Strategic Construction & Development Group, told the Journal the modular approach made sense because the building consists of studio apartments that are roughly the same size. The developers purchased the site in 2012 and the building was finished last summer.

The building houses 62 low-income tenants — 38 of which were previously homeless, the Journal reported.

Bronx Pro Group has developed over 1,000 units in the Bronx through a mix of public and private financing. The developer plans a 30-unit apartment building, also on Third Avenue, which is likely to be below market rate.

Pennsylvania-based modular firm Whitley Manufacturing bought Capsys earlier this month, The Real Deal reported. [WSJ]Dusica Sue Malesevic 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
1065-1075 Gerard Avenue in the Bronx 

Prana pays Related $36M in Bronx multifamily play

Prana pays Related $36M in Bronx multifamily play
448 East 143rd Street in the Bronx (Credit: Google Maps)

Private developer’s NYCHA project in Mott Haven lands $79M in financing

Private developer’s NYCHA project in Mott Haven lands $79M in financing
1159 and 1184 River Avenue with Maddd Equities' Jorge Madruga (left) and Joy Construction's Eli Weiss (right) (Credit: Google Maps)

Maddd Equities, Joy Construction score $64M for massive Bronx project

Maddd Equities, Joy Construction score $64M for massive Bronx project
1323 Boston Road, Jeff Fox (Credit: Google Maps)

Foxy Management plans another Bronx senior housing project

Foxy Management plans another Bronx senior housing project
RXR Realty's Scott Rechler and 2413 Third Avenue in the Bronx (Credit: Getty Images; Google Maps)

RXR planning 200-unit South Bronx project

RXR planning 200-unit South Bronx project
From the top: 1600 Macombs Road, 625 Brook Avenue and 2082 Boston Road in the Bronx (Credit: Google Maps)

The top 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC

The top 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC
1073 Summit Avenue in the Bronx and Stagg Group CEO Mark Stagg (Credit: Google Maps)

Stagg Group to build 105-apartment complex in Highbridge

Stagg Group to build 105-apartment complex in Highbridge
Rendering of La Central (Courtesy of FXCollaborative)

Here are the details on the next building in the Bronx’s La Central development

Here are the details on the next building in the Bronx’s La Central development
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...