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:
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:
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:
Final Port Morris-Harlem River Reports
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.
SoBRO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating innovative economic, housing, educational, and career development programs for youth and adults.
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