Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study

Southern Boulevard  Neighborhood Planning Study

What's Next....

Stay tuned for future public events:

September 2018
Location TBD

Community input to date, existing conditions and issues will be shared and discussed in order to collectively create goals based on topics for the plan.

October 2018
Location TBD

Draft goals will be shared and prioritized in order to collectively create a framework and overall vision for the plan.

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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:

  • What Creates Health? In January, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), in partnership with Urban Health Plan and the Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center, hosted three "What Creates Health?" workshops for agency and community partners, exploring the role policy, urban planning, racial justice, and the built environment has on the health of residents in the area
  • Tenant Resources In March, Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) hosted Tenant Resource Fairs, sponsored by Councilmember Salamanca and Community Boards 2 & 3, where over 300 residents learned about tenant rights and resources, the affordable housing lotteries, credit score repair assistance, legal services and more.
  • Commercial District Needs Small Business Service (SBS) is currently working in partnership with local community-based organizations WHEDco, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) and the Southern Boulevard BID to complete a Commercial District Needs Assessment that takes a closer look at the current state of business, retail and commercial activity in the study area and identifies needs, opportunities and recommendations to contribute to local neighborhood revitalization. A final report is expected to be released in Summer 2018.

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.

PDF Document Download the Community Input booklet to learn more!

Summer Events Outreach Update

Southern Blvd - March 2017

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:

  • Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
  • YMPJ
  • The Point CDC
  • Casita Maria
  • WHEDco
  • Urban Health Plan, and
  • Bronx River Alliance

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.

May 20, 2017: Sheridan Teen Summit
May 20, 2017: Sheridan Teen Summit
June 11: South Bronx Cultural Trail
June 11, 2017: South Bronx Cultural Trail
June 8: South Bronx Cultural Trail
June 8, 2017: South Bronx Cultural Trail - photo 1
June 8, 2017: South Bronx Cultural Trail - photo 2
June 8, 2017: South Bronx Cultural Trail - photo 2
June 8: South Bronx Cultural Trail
July 15, 2017: Bronx River House Celebration and 5K Canoe Challenge - photo 1
July 15, 2017: Bronx River House Celebration and 5K Canoe Challenge - photo 2
July 15, 2017: Bronx River House Celebration and 5K Canoe Challenge - photo 2

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.

Summer events outreach

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.

Small group conversations

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

Southern Blvd - March 2017

To chronicle where we have been, where we are, and where we are going, we have put together an update newsletter. We look forward to continuing to engage the communities around Southern Blvd as we listen and learn.  

View the updated newsletter in PDF Document English or PDF DocumentSpanish.

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.

Councilmember Rafael Salamanca welcomes participants to the planning partners meeting in October 2016.
Councilmember Rafael Salamanca welcomes participants to the planning partners meeting in October 2016.

See the recap and materials from the meeting: