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Clinton East Block Party/Community Day, August 2017

Sheridan Teen Summit, May 2017

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. This work started the conversation about what you and your neighbors around Southern Blvd would like to see addressed in a neighborhood plan, what some of the major challenges are in the area, and how we can build a planning process to meet the needs of the communities.

  • Planning Partner Meetings | October 2016, December 2016, January 2017
  • Community Survey | November 2016 to present
  • Small Group Meetings | March 2017 to present
  • Regular Community Board Updates | ongoing
  • Summer Events Outreach | May to August 2017

Scroll down to the News Feed to see where we have been & visit DCP's website to view event materials and notes.


COMMUNITY INPUT SNAPSHOT

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 and on this website. In the mean time, download the full booklet to learn more!

STAY TUNED FOR NEW ONLINE INTERACTIVE TOOLS that allow us to listen to your feedback and input even after the Open House:
  • Are we on the right track?
  • What themes do you connect with the most?
  • What is missing from this information?


Clinton East Block Party/Community Day, August 2017

Sheridan Teen Summit, May 2017

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. This work started the conversation about what you and your neighbors around Southern Blvd would like to see addressed in a neighborhood plan, what some of the major challenges are in the area, and how we can build a planning process to meet the needs of the communities.

  • Planning Partner Meetings | October 2016, December 2016, January 2017
  • Community Survey | November 2016 to present
  • Small Group Meetings | March 2017 to present
  • Regular Community Board Updates | ongoing
  • Summer Events Outreach | May to August 2017

Scroll down to the News Feed to see where we have been & visit DCP's website to view event materials and notes.


COMMUNITY INPUT SNAPSHOT

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 and on this website. In the mean time, download the full booklet to learn more!

STAY TUNED FOR NEW ONLINE INTERACTIVE TOOLS that allow us to listen to your feedback and input even after the Open House:
  • Are we on the right track?
  • What themes do you connect with the most?
  • What is missing from this information?


  • What are your neighbors saying? Check out the Community Input Snapshot | May, 2018

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    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. This work started the conversation about what you and your neighbors would like to see addressed in a neighborhood plan.

    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. This conversation will continue at public events, but download the document to read more.

    Community Input Snapshot

    Through almost 1,000 individual comments, themes are emerging:
    • Of the people who talked to us about community, 76% spoke positively about the social fabric, diversity, and sense of community in the area.
    “We don’t live in neighborhoods, we live in communities because we are family.”

    • Of the people who talked to us about streets and transportation, more than half said the streets, cleanliness, and pedestrian connections need improvement.
    • Of the people who talked to us about health and security, three-quarters think violence and crime, neighborhood conditions, and public safety need improvement.
    • Of the people who talked to us about housing, more than half think housing affordability and conditions are issues that need improvement.
    “Low cost of living.”
    “Absentee landlord/building owners do not maintain their properties.”

    • Of the people who talked to us about parks, a third like the local parks while almost half would like to improve maintenance, youth programming and park amenities.
    While this information is presented numerically, we know that some issues and comments may mean more to the community. For instance, most comments to date have been about streets and transportation, but other issues may be more pressing for the communities around Southern Boulevard. Through the planning process, we will identify key issues and assets to be addressed in the plan.


    How does this information fit into the planning process?
    The Community Input Snapshot is just the start of the conversation in the planning process, and future events will provide opportunities for everyone to provide input and feedback on these ideas and share their own.


  • What's happened so far in 2018?

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    22 May 2018
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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.

    Photo: In March, more than 300 people came to learn about Tenant Resources and discuss neighborhood needs.
  • Update: Sheridan Expressway | Submit Public Comment Before October 18th, 2017

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    05 Oct 2017
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    Click Here to Submit EIS Scoping Comments BEFORE OCTOBER 18TH

    The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is accepting comments to shape the scope of the Hunts Point Interstate Access Improvement Project. The project proposes to build ramps at Edgewater Road for direct vehicle access to the Hunts Point peninsula from the Bruckner Expressway. Let the state know how this proposal does or does not meet community priorities and what is needed instead.

  • Update: Summer Events Outreach | August, 2017

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    You may have seen us at many events in the Southern Blvd area this summer, talking with local community members about their ideas, comments, and concerns in the area.

    Thank you to the many partners who have invited us to table at their events over the last few months:


    JULY 26: 2017 Annual Education Summit @ Hostos Community College South Bronx Rising Together

    JULY 27: BLITZ: Baba Israel @ Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education

    AUGUST 11: Neighborhood SHOPP Community Fair @ Casa Boricua Innovative Senior Center

    AUGUST 19: Back to School Giveaway @ Police Athletic League, Longwood Ave Community Board 2

    AUGUST 19: Crotona Park Clinton East Block Party/ Community Day @ Clinton Playground

    AUGUST 26: Free Community Rowing @ Hunts Point Riverside Park Rocking the Boat


    We’re compiling all of your ideas, comments, and feedback and plan to share with you soon! Here is a snapshot of what we’ve heard this summer about the communities around Southern Blvd:

    We've heard over 900 unique comments from community members through the Community Survey, community event tabling, and small group meetings. So far, we’ve tracked that the most popular ideas and concerns by topic area have been:
    1. Workforce Development 1%
    2. Streets and Transportation 21%
    3. Retail and Local Businesses 13%
    4. Housing 13%
    5. Open Space and Parks 11%
    6. Positive Neighborhood 11%
    7. Security 8%
    8. Youth 4%
    9. Health 4%
    10. Community Services 3%
    11. Arts and Culture 3%
    12. Schools 2%
  • Update: Summer Events Outreach | July 19, 2017

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    DCP’s Bronx Office has been and will continue to be out at many events in the community this summer, collecting input from community members around Southern Blvd.

    Look for us at your local event!

    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, health & community services, and arts & culture.



  • Summer Events Outreach | May - August, 2017

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    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.

    Check out our current summer events schedule (all hosted by some of our Planning Partners -- thank you!).

    Do you know of a festival, street fair, or block party where you think we could engage with the community this summer? Click here to invite us to your next event!

    Keep checking back because we’ll be adding more events soon!

  • Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District (BID) | Small Group Meeting | March 30, 2017

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    22 Jun 2017
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    City Planning and the Department of Small Business Services met with the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood BID to understand merchant concerns and needs. The workshop offered an opportunity to better understand barriers and opportunities to promoting diverse and vibrant retail and business environment on the corridor.
  • Community Survey Update | June, 2017

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    With support from the Planning Partners, DCP created a community survey to gather baseline information from people who live and work in the areas around Southern Boulevard. The survey has 28 questions and takes about 15 minutes to complete – it’s available in Spanish and English, online and in paper form. To date, about 260 surveys have been completed. The Dept. of City Planning (DCP) continues to seek opportunities to engage the public and will continue to provide access to the online survey, distribute printed copies to organizations, and meet members of the community where they are through tabling events. In the last two months, this has included tabling in the lobby of Urban Health Plan and at events at the Bronx Music Heritage Center.
  • Sheridan Expressway Update | March 19, 2017

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    22 Jun 2017
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    Governor Cuomo and State elected officials announced $700 million in this year’s State budget to alter the Sheridan Expressway between Westchester Avenue and the Cross Bronx Expressway, implementing elements of a 2013 proposal to develop Sheridan Boulevard, thereby providing direct access to the Bronx River waterfront and new ramps into Hunts Point to improve access to the markets and remove trucks from local streets. The City, along with the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance and other groups, is working to understand the State’s design and how it supports the community’s stated goals of improving pedestrian safety, access to the waterfront parks, and overall neighborhood health and vitality.
  • Neighborhood Shopp Casa Boricua Senior Center | Small Group Meeting | March 16, 2017

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    22 Jun 2017
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    On March 13, 2017, the Department of City Planning, together with the Department of Cultural Affairs, held a small group meeting focused on the Southern Boulevard senior community. The meeting was held at Neighborhood Shopp Casa Boricua Senior Center and offered an opportunity to introduce participants to the purpose of the neighborhood study and to gather feedback on issues of special concern to them.

    Via two guided activities, participants provided valuable feedback to DCP and DCLA staff on areas of concern and key values to be pursued as part of the Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study.

    Here are some samples of the visioning collages created by participants: