Dattner Architects joined Monadnock Development, Signature Urban Properties, as well as several community leaders for the ground breaking of the last phase of the Compass Residences — a mixed-use affordable housing complex in the West Farms section of the Bronx. Compass 6 will be 16 stories and offer 261 units of affordable housing, half of which will be reserved for families earning under $52,000 a year. Once completed, the 17-acre Compass Residences development will provide over 1,300 affordable apartments, ground floor retail spaces, community facility uses, and vibrant public outdoor space.
“Once this final building is complete, the development project will have changed the lives of nearly 1,400 households by providing quality affordable housing and access to great outdoor spaces and retail – all of which are critical to the City’s equitable recovery from this pandemic.” – Deputy Mayor Vicki Been
Compass Residences is the result of a large-scale redevelopment plan – the largest private rezoning in Bronx history, enabling a new neighborhood to be built on a largely underutilized manufacturing district, well-served by mass transit, schools, parks, and open space. The development provides buildings of varying heights stepping up to the urban edge along the Bronx River, organized around courtyards which provide recreational areas for residents with parking areas below. Mid-block passages humanize the streetscape and provide views to nearby Starlight Park. Compass Residences exemplifies transformative development with extensive community input, providing housing opportunities while reinforcing the fabric and life of the Bronx.
“Moving to Compass Residence was a gift from God. It was close, it was still in the neighborhood, but it’s a brand-new complex with elevators. It met all my needs. And it’s good for the neighborhood. It’s nice to see nice places for us to live. And I always believe it’s not where you live, how you are. And hopefully, we can all take advantage of the parks, the new school and everything that’s coming to the neighborhood.” – Vernice, Compass 2 resident