The Dept. of City Planning and sister agencies with sponsorship by Bronx Community Boards 2 and 3, and State Assembly member Marcos Crespo hosted an open house at Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School on June 14, 2018.
Attendees interacted with materials about the study process and background, area history, demographics and more. Different topic-based stations about health, housing, open space & connectivity, land use and urban design, youth, retail and local business, and the environment provided opportunities for city agencies to discuss their current work in the area and the tools that they can bring to the study process. Also, to build on initial community engagement, community members were able to offer feedback and input on what we’ve heard through our outreach efforts that was summarized in the Community Input Snapshot | Vistazo a los aportes de la comunidad. We heard more about what people love, existing issues and needs, and their big ideas for the area, as well as community responses to a variety of different questions posed by City agencies themselves.
If you could not make it to the Open House, but would like to learn more about the study and share your thoughts about the study area, participate in the interactive activities on our interactive website or email the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study project team at firstname.lastname@example.org
A summary of the event is now available: Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Open House Summary
Un resumen del evento está disponible ya: Resumen de la Sesión Abierta
Study Process & Background | Processo del estudio y los conocimientos
What is a neighborhood study and what is in a neighborhood plan? What is the process and where are we at now? Why study the communities around Southern Boulevard? What is the history of planning in the area and who lives there? Learn key facts about the area, including population trends and jobs data about where people work.
Housing | La Vivienda
What is the makeup of the existing housing stock in the area? What recent investments have been made related to new construction and preservation of affordable housing? How can I access affordable housing in the city? What should I do if I’m being harassed by my landlord? Learn from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) about these topics and more and learn how to access the various HPD resources for protecting tenants and keeping people in their homes today.
Open Space & Connectivity | Espacio abierto y conectividad
What is being done to improve the parks in the area? What has been done to make the streets and intersections safer? Where do issues remain? What is happening with the Sheridan Expressway? Parks, streets and transportation play a crucial role in the everyday lives of area residents. Learn more about these important resources including current, recently completed and future projects from the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Design and Construction (DDC).
Land Use, Zoning & Urban Design | El uso del suelo, zonificación y diseño urbano
How does land use and zoning relate to the character of the neighborhoods in the area? What is zoning and what does it do? What are the urban design principles and where do they apply in the area? Learn about the answers to these questions and more from the Department of City Planning (DCP) and DCP’s Urban Design Division.
Take a look at the places or buildings people said they love in their neighborhood, their favorite parks or public space, places that make them feel comfortable and good, and the routes they take to school or work.
Health | Salu
What creates health? How does the City address health equity and fostering healthy communities? Learn about these topics from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and see the beginning of a dialogue with community members around community health. Health in neighborhoods is not only influenced by our homes and workplaces, streets and playgrounds, and stores where we buy things, but also by the lasting impact of historical and structural inequities still seen today.
Youth | Los jóvenes
What kind of programs and resources are there for youth in the area and where are they? Where are positive places youth can hang out after school, get leadership training, or find a job during the summer? Learn from the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) about these topics and learn how to access the various DYCD resources like Youth Connect.
Retail & Local Business | El comercio minorista y local
What are the top business types on Southern Boulevard and what kinds of stores would people like to see more of? How many storefronts are vacant? What changes need to be made to attract more visitors and what types of challenges do merchants face? Learn from the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) about the strengths, challenges, and opportunities within the Southern Boulevard commercial corridor.
Environment | Medioambiente
Where is the City investing in the cleanup of contaminated sites (brownfields) in the area? How does the City support community-based organizations redevelop vacant, contaminated sites and craft a vision for neighborhood revitalization? Learn about grant opportunities and more from the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation.
Since the start of the 2018, local leaders, community-based organizations, and city agencies have done important work as a part of the study and process:
Community Input Booklet
Throughout 2017, the Department of City Planning (DCP) and Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) met with small groups, engaged people at local events, and conducted a Community Survey. DCP has summarized the feedback to date in an easy to access booklet. The booklet describes the process of collecting information, and for certain categories it summaries what people like about their neighborhood and what they think needs improvement, including direct quotes and some general take-aways.
While the document is only a snapshot of what we've heard so far, this information is meant to be used as a start to the conversation. There will be many more opportunities to provide input and feedback throughout the study process at future events.
DCP’s Bronx Office has been out at many events in the community so far this summer, collecting input from community members around Southern Blvd. Look for us at your local event! Thank you to the many partners who have invited us to table at their events including:
Ideas, issues, and concerns contributed during summer outreach and small group discussions will be reflected in public events in the fall. A public open house and visioning session is expected in fall 2017. Following that, the planning process will include public workshops on topics such as housing, jobs & local businesses, public space & access, public space & access, health & community services, and arts & culture.
On June 28, 2017, Council Member Salamanca, together with the Department of City Planning Bronx Office (DCP Bronx Office) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), convened a roundtable discussion with local affordable housing developers and housing advocacy organizations working directly in the areas around Southern Boulevard. Representatives from Mid Bronx Desperados Community Housing Corporation (MBD), Phipps Houses, South East Bronx Community Organization (SEBCO), Banana Kelly CIA, Mothers on the Move, THE POINT CDC, and Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY) had an open conversation about major housing-related issues their organizations are addressing today. Key concerns were heard about the Housing Lottery, Community Preference, HPD Term Sheets, Community Land Trusts, AMI levels and affordability, homelessness, preservation of existing affordable housing, housing conditions, gentrification, and displacement. T his discussion was just the first of many anticipated housing-specific events related to the study and is helping to inform public events in the fall.
This event also marks the start of a series of topical roundtables including, but not limited to, Public Space and Connectivity and Workforce Development, that will lead to multiple public events this fall. In the meantime, the Department of City Planning will continue to listen and gather information at public events held by community partners throughout the rest of the summer.
As recommended by the Planning Partners, we will be out in the communities around Southern Boulevard over the summer listening, engaging, and learning from residents about their neighborhoods. We plan to do broad visioning activities to learn from residents, workers, and students on what they love about their community, understand their concerns, and think about the future.
As a next step, and as recommended by our Planning Partners, DCP is going hyperlocal and taking the planning discussion to small groups across the area. These meetings will provide an opportunity for tenant groups, houses of worship, parent groups, youth groups, senior centers, businesses, and others, to have a more in depth conversation about the importance of planning, the planning process, and their needs and aspirations for their neighborhoods and Southern Boulevard. These conversations will be an opportunity for stakeholders to shape the planning process and ensure their local knowledge informs the study as we lead up to a series of area-wide meetings.
If your group is interested in participating and contributing, please contact us at email@example.com.
In January 2017, the planning partner organizations in the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study Area — including representatives from various community organizations and city agencies — met again in small group conversations to answer questions like, why plan, what’s in a plan, what do we know about the area, and what does the planning process look like?
Parallel to these efforts, the planning team has continued to collect community feedback via the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study community survey, including via the online portal and at a tabling event at Urban Health Plan.
To see materials from the latest planning partners meeting, click the links below:
Notes and handouts from this meeting:
In December 2016, we had a check-in meeting with our planning partner organizations. We discussed how to make the survey a success, brainstormed some of the goals and values for the planning process, and began a discussion about what the planning process should look like.
Notes and handouts from the meeting.:
The Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Planning Study is in its early stage. You will find information on public meetings and activities posted here.
In October 2016, DCP, sister agencies, and Councilmember Rafael Salamanca welcomed the planning partners, a diverse group of local stakeholders and leaders, to the East Bronx Academy. The partners presented past plans and their organizational missions, and shared their ideas for the planning process for Southern Boulevard. The planning partners will help drive community participation and share what they know about the neighborhood based on their planning and work in the area.
See the recap and materials from the meeting: