When two architects, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, principals of SLO Architecture, came across an abandoned train station in the Bronx located next to Concrete Plant Park, they saw a unique opportunity to reuse a historic building and help facilitate better access and use of the adjacent green space. Tonight at the Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice in the Bronx, Schachter and Levi will present their project, called Bronx River Right-of-Way. In an interview with Urban Omnibus, the architects describe how they will split the station, designed by Cass Gilbert in the 1930s, into two parts.
First, the duo proposes to transform the former head house into a new entryway into the park, and then move the former waiting room to the riverside and turn it into a boathouse. The new entryway will link the park to the neighborhood with a bridge that goes over the railroad tracks that now belong to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. With a grant from the James Marston Fitch Foundation, they’ve put together a proposal to make this dilapidated station into a resource for the park providing services and amenities such as “bike rental and repair, restrooms, or Parks Department maintenance space.”