Villa Rosa Bonheur (“VRB”) has stood on a rocky promontory overlooking the Spuyten Duyvil Creek for more than nine decades. In 2017, VRB was bought by investors, who initially represented to DOB, elected officials and the public that the development plan was for an interior renovation, but instead demolished the roof, exposing the community to potential asbestos contamination.
Recently, building plans were approved by a DOB’S zoning examiner. Unfortunately, as an “as-of-right” property, the developer’s plan for total demolition will prevail.
A seven story, 55-unit cement rental building will be constructed on the footprint of a graceful seven-unit historical and architectural gemstone.
In order to memorialize Villa Rosa Bonheur and the contributions of her creator John J. McKelvey, Sr., a nomination for the names “Villa Rosa Bonheur” and “John J. McKelvey, Sr.” (to be incorporated into the existing name of mapped street “Bradley Terrace”) will be made to the Bronx Community Board 8.