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Condo projects gets thumbs up.

A much ballyhooed 13-story, 26-unit condominium project in the Riverdale section of the Bronx has secured the approval of the community as it nears completion.

Located at 3220 Arlington Avenue, and situated between a prototypical six-story, 1950s-construction red brick apartment building on one side and a two-story parish on the other, the sand-colored masonry and glass structure uses gentle setbacks to quietly ascend to a height of 143 feet without disrupting the tranquility of the streetscape.

"This was a challenging site," said David Mandl, the design architect and a principal of Meltzer/Mandl Architects, P.C. "The neighborhood was wary of the project and understandably concerned it would not fit in with the scale and mood of this lower-scale residential area.

"But now that the curtain wall is up and we can see how well the colors of the brick and glass in the oversized windows work with the stone base, it melds seamlessly with the nearby buildings. Recently, we've received very positive feedback from residents who are pleased with how this new project adds energy to the neighborhood."

Arlington Suites stands at the site of developer Shmuel Jonas' family home on an irregular lot that borders Arlington and Netherland Avenues. His insight into the community helped shape the project, which includes many unique Jewish culture-oriented amenities. "I wanted 'Kosher-smart' apartments that would still appeal to a broad demographic," said Jonas. "We have added every convenience conceivable for observant Jewish families, but the apartments are so well-designed that our buying audience is potentially unlimited."

Common amenities include a 107-space parking garage, large storage units, 12-seat screening room, roof deck with barbeque and sink and a designated Sabbath elevator that is programmed to continually stop on each floor from sundown Fridays through sundown on Saturdays.

Among the more unusual features are two large terraces that meet strict spatial criteria for the Jewish religious holiday, Sukkos.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 6, 2006
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