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.
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Starting in November 2016, we launched a community survey to identify many of the larger issues in the Southern Blvd study area and create a base that will allow the community to start planning for creative solutions and recommendations. If you live, work, study, own a business, shop, worship, and/or have a connection to the area, click to take the survey below, we want to hear from you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: