Two more additions to the Parkchester community in the southeast section of the Bronx are coming thanks to Galaxy Towers Apartments and New Haven Co. of NY. 1360 and 1364 Purdy Street will be the site of 16 new condominium units developed by Galaxy Towers Apartments, and 1358 Odell Street will have a mixed-use structure developed by New Haven Co. of NY.
Plans have been filed and the DOB Permit was issued in December 2016 for the first of two 4-story, 8-unit condos on Purdy Street in Parkchester. Galaxy Towers Apartments is working with architect,Michael Depasquale,to complete the project. The South building will cover 8,213 square feet, and each of the 8 units will be approximately 883 square feet. The North building will cover 6,654 square feet, and each of those apartments will be about 687 square feet. The construction will go up on a lot that is currently sitting empty. The two new buildings will be located just outside the Southeast corner of the 129-acres of land that make up the Parkchester Apartment Community between Starling Avenue and Westchester Avenue.
New Haven Co. of NY is working with Ling Li Architects on a mixed-use structure that will be developed at 1358 Odell Street in the Parkchester section of the East Bronx. The 6-story complex will have 4,400 square feet of commercial and community space on the bottom two floors and 7 apartment units on floors 3-6 that will be about 800 square feet each. The entire project will be just under 13,500 square feet.
The addition of newapartments for rent in Bronx NYseems to be increasing, but the need for affordable housing in the area still outweighs the number of units available. There is no completion date set for either of the new projects being developed in the Parkchester section.
Visitors to New York City often think they have to worry about crime. They may be afraid of riding the subway or getting into and out of a taxi. New Yorkers know that the city is pretty safe, but most keep their eyes open and are wary of talking with strangers. But it’s a rare person who is wary of their landlord. Maybe they should be though, because for one tenant, death was the result of some unpaid rent.
If you are looking for Bronx NY apartments for rent and find one through landlord Taha Mahran, it might be worth it to skip that listing. You see, Mahran is 51 and recently was charged with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. Mahran arrived at the 45th Precinct with bloody clothing on his body, stating he had stabbed a man 20 times. That man, Zakir Kahn, was 44 and a resident of an apartment on Logan Avenue. The reasoning, according to Mahran, was that Kahn had not paid rent and was trying to scam his landlord.
However, community members tell a different story, calling Kahn a respected real estate agent and hardworking father. The point they do agree on is that rent had been an issue between Kahn and his landlord for over a year.
The fact remains that renting from a landlord with a history of issues over rent and recent charges involving murder is not the ideal situation for anyone. Therefore, during your search for Bronx apartments, it may be worthwhile to keep looking when it comes to anything with Taha Mahran’s name in the landlord slot.
Safety and peace of mind are important in any scenario involving your home. It is even more important that your landlord be approachable and reasonable, not knife-wielding and dangerous.
Give yourself a better chance at success by avoiding any landlord with a criminal record, but particularly make sure to avoid those who have killed tenants that lived in their residences before you.