Urban Planning

SoBRO’s urban planning initiatives integrate brownfield remediation and redevelopment, waterfront revitalization, green infrastructure and design, and public space planning, to promote healthy, resilient, and equitable communities in the Bronx.

Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment
Since 2004, SoBRO has been awarded five (5) consecutive New York State Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program grants, community brownfield planning grants in the Port Morris and Eastchester sections of the Bronx. These two areas share a long history of heavy industrial use and the need for planning and revitalization efforts today. Through BOA, SoBRO works closely with property owners, real estate developers, and local community and government stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities in these areas, develop the communities’ visions for revitalization, facilitate the rehabilitation of blighted properties, and achieve important community-economic development goals. These grants provide vital neighborhood improvement and economic development services to the communities they serve.

In addition, as “On-Call” Real Estate Advisory Services consultants to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (MOER), in 2013, SoBRO produced the BOA Implementation Guide, a comprehensive “best practices” manual for other community-based organizations on how to leverage non-profit status, community support, and Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program resources to move catalyst sites in their community forward. SoBRO has since begun Phase II of this contract, direct technical assistance to community-based organizations to assist them with property owner outreach and redevelopment of catalyst sites in their communities. SoBRO is currently working with groups in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Our brownfield remediation and redevelopment services include:

Waterfront Revitalization
SoBRO works in distressed waterfront communities in the Bronx and citywide to assist with waterfront access and recreational waterfront development opportunities, expansion of water-dependent industry and maritime infrastructure, water quality concerns, and shoreline protection mechanisms.

In SoBRO’s eight (8) years of experience implementing the NYS Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant program, waterfront revitalization has emerged as an increasingly important focus. All three (3) of our current BOA grants include waterfront components:

Port Morris Lower Concourse BOA:

Phase 1 Visioning Study – November 2014

Port Morris-Harlem River Steering Committee Presentation – November 2014

The second Community Visioning Session for the Port Morris Lower Concourse waterfront took place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  Presentations, information, and the results of the visioning session can be found in the documents below:

What is a Brownfield

Port Morris Visioning Session Presentation

Community Vision Session 2 – Charrette Responses

Waterfront Visioning Session 2 Flyer – English

Sesion de comunidad 2 acerca de la costa – volante espanol

Waterfront Visioning Session 3 Flyer – English

Sesion de comunidad 3 acerca de la costa – volante espanol

Final Port Morris-Harlem River Reports

Port Morris-Harlem River – Step 2 Nomination Report – Part 1

Port Morris-Harlem River – Step 2 Nomination Report – Part 2

Port Morris-Harlem River – Step 2 Nomination Report – Part 3

Port Morris-Harlem River – Step 2 Nomination Report – Part 4

Port Morris East River Community Listening Session 2 18 2016

Port Morris East River Listening Session Notes 2 2016

Port Morris East River BOA and Eastchester BOA:

Public Space Development
Roberto Clemente Plaza
In partnership with the NYC Department Of Transportation (DOT) and the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), SoBRO is developing a 17,000 square foot plaza in the Hub section of the Bronx at 3rd Avenue and 149th Street that will include a kiosk, cafe style seating, planters, benches, public art, and a fountain. Once constructed, this plaza, just outside our offices, will fundamentally transform public space in the Hub by creating a green oasis at one of the busiest intersections in the Bronx. As the Neighborhood Plaza Partner, SoBRO will operate the kiosk concession and be responsible for maintenance and programming in the plaza. The project is breaking ground in spring 2014 and will be complete by fall of 2015.

Roberto Clemente Plaza Meeting Notes, 8/4/2015

Roberto Clemente Presentation, 10/06/2015

BID Merchant Meeting Notes, 10/27/15

BID Roberto Clemente Presentation, 10/27/2015

HUB Town Hall Agenda, 10/27/2015

HUB Town Hall Flyer, 10/27/2015

K2 FAQs, 10/27/2015 (ENG & SPA)

Roberto Clemente Plaza Artist Request Letter, 12/2015

Roberto Clemente Plaza Comptroller and Commissioner Meeting Notes, 02/19/16

Roberto Clemente Plaza One-Sheeter, 2016

Roberto Clemente Plaza Art Timeline, 2016


The New York State Department of State, Office of Planning and Development Brownfield Opportunity Area Program  through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA)

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) proposes to submit the 2016 – 2017 REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS #16-BOA-25 to undertake a Brownfield Area Nomination Study. It is expected that Nominations developed through this program will be submitted to the Secretary of State in support of a request for BOA Designation. A BOA Designation conveys certain benefits to the area that promote redevelopment consistent with the vision, goals, and objectives outlined in the BOA Nomination. Through the BOA Program, communities are empowered to:

The proposed project aims to engage in advanced area-wide planning in the Jerome Avenue Corridor, South Bronx Waterfront, Port Morris/East River, and Zerega sections of the Bronx, which will be based on a comprehensive assessment of existing conditions completed under Step 1 of the BOA Program. The core two-fold goal of the proposed BOA project is to identify the community’s needs and vision for the Eastchester area and then identify “Strategic Sites” – vacant or underutilized property where revitalization would help realize the community vision. Utilizing BOA resources, SoBRO will help to revive sites and particular sections that currently detract from the area’s potential for economic development and contribute to a recurring cycle of egregious activity and environmental degradation.

The application process requires a public meeting to inform the general public regarding the development of the proposed project. The public meeting will be held to give the public an opportunity to become acquainted with the proposed project and to comment on such items as economic and environmental impacts.

The public meeting will take place on March 31, 2017, at 6 pm at 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd floor Bronx,  NY 10455. 

The public is open to review the draft application starting March 8, 2017, to April 7, 2017. Interested parties can contact to Jamila Diaz at jdiaz@sobro.org or call at 718-732-7531.




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