Gun Hill Road redevelopment project gets mixed response from Co-op City residents

Developers want to turn vacant space into what they say would be a pedestrian-oriented retail destination.

Developers want to turn vacant space into what they say would be a pedestrian-oriented retail destination. (11/18/13)

THE BRONX - A redevelopment project on Gun Hill Road is getting mixed reactions from some Co-op City residents.

The city's Economic Development Corporation and private developers want to transform a vacant piece of land off the New England Thruway into what they say would be a pedestrian-oriented retail destination.

The project would not only include thousands of feet of retail space, but also 100 units of senior housing. Some living nearby say they're concerned it will increase traffic and congestion.

Others say they want something done with the empty space, but don't want another strip mall, especially with construction underway on the Mall at Bay Plaza right across the highway.

The development of this property is expected to create about 300 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent positions.

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