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Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study

Southern Boulevard  Neighborhood Planning Study

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On September 29th at the Goal Setting workshop, community participants engaged in conversation around shared values and issues that exist in the community today before discussing their visions, goals for the study, and ideas of how to achieve them. Help us to continue to build upon that work by joining us for our next event.

Save the date for the upcoming Visioning Workshop, which will take place on Saturday, October 20th. At the next meeting, participants can expect to discuss where the study goals and ideas apply in the communities around Southern Boulevard. 

The next workshop will start promptly at 10 AM at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School (1001 Jennings Street) and will include interactive, engaging activities and conversations amongst community members and City staff. Light refreshments will be provided! If you have questions, email SouthernBlvd@planning.nyc.gov or call 718-220-8500

The event is co-sponsored by: Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., Assembly Member Marcos Crespo, and Bronx Community Boards 2 & 3.

Join us to talk about the issues, set goals and priorities, and create a vision for the future.

October 20 Workshop Flyer
What is your vision for Southern Boulevard and your neighborhood? Join the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study for a Visioning Workshop! This event is co-sponsored by Councilmember Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Assemblymember Marcos Crespo, and Bronx Community Boards 2 & 3. The event will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Take the 2 or 5 trains to Freeman Street or the 6 train to Whitlock Avenue. Come and participate in interactive activities. Spanish interpretation will be available and light refreshments will be provided. Email southernblvd@planning.nyc.gov or call 718-220-8500 with questions. To make an accommodation request, please email  accessibility@hpd.nyc.gov 72 hours before the event. Leave feedback at www.nyc.gov/southern

PDF Document View the flyer.

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 southernblvd@planning.nyc.gov

A summary of the event is now available: PDF Document Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Open House Summary
Un resumen del evento está disponible ya: PDF Document Resumen de la Sesión Abierta

Open House Participants learn about the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study Background, Process, and Community Input collected so far
Participants engage in an interactive activity focused on identifying urban design assets and challenges in the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study Area.

PDF Document Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study FAQ
PDF Document Preguntas más frecuentes del Estudio del Vecindario de Southern Boulevard

PDF Document Community Input Snapshot Summary
PDF Document Resumen del vistazo a los aportes de la comunidad


PDF Document Study Process & Background | PDF Document 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.

PDF Document Community Input Data & Feedback: Community Fabric
PDF Document Datos y comentarios de los aportes de la comunidad: El tejido comunitario


PDF Document Housing | PDF Document 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.

PDF Document What are your housing goals and priorities?
PDF Document ¿Cuáles son sus metas y prioridades para la vivienda?

PDF Document Community Input Data & Feedback: Housing
PDF Document Datos y comentarios de los aportes de la comunidad; La vivienda


PDF Document Open Space & Connectivity | PDF Document 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).

PDF Document How do you want to improve your parks?
PDF Document ¿Cómo desea mejorar sus parques?

PDF Document Community Input Data & Feedback: Parks & Open Space
PDF Document Datos y comentarios de los aportes de la comunidad: Parques y espacio abierto

PDF Document Community Input Data & Feedback: Streets & Transportation
PDF Document Datos y comentarios de los aportes de la comunidad: Calles y transporte


PDF Document Land Use, Zoning & Urban Design | PDF Document 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.

PDF Document What I Love About Southern Boulevard & Map My Route Activity | Actividad de lo que amo de Southern Boulevard y mapear mi ruta

PDF Document Remarkable Elements of the Neighborhood Activity | Elementos Significativos del barrio


PDF Document Health | PDF Document 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.

PDF Document What are the branches and what are the roots? Activity | Actividad de ¿Cuáles son las raíces y las ramas?

PDF Document What Creates Health? Activity

PDF Document Community Input Data & Feedback: Health & Security
PDF Document Datos y comentarios de los aportes de la comunidad: Salud y seguridad


PDF Document Youth | PDF Document 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.

PDF Document Community Input Data & Feedback: Youth
PDF Document Datos y comentarios de los aportes de la comunidad: Los jóvenes


PDF Document Retail & Local Business | PDF Document 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.

PDF Document What impacts your shopping experience on Southern Boulevard?
PDF Document ¿Qué afecta su experiencia de compras en Southern Boulevard?

PDF Document Community Input Data & Feedback: Retail & Local Business
PDF Document Datos y comentarios de los aportes de la comunidad: El comercio minorista y local


PDF Document Environment | PDF Document 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:

  • 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 southernblvd@planning.nyc.gov.

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: