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NEEDS STATEMENT FOR
FISCAL YEAR 2016
As we begin to plan for and undertake the Fiscal year 2016 Capital and
Expense Budget process, Bronx Community Board #6 is pleased to update
readers of this document on the status of several development projects
that were referenced in prior years District Needs Statements. According
to the office of the Bronx Borough President’ Annual Development Report,
“Historically residential developments have surpassed commercial
development” this report also states that total development In community
board 6 surpasses the 1000,000,000 mark. The following is proof of this
The following paragraph is an excerpt from a recent report from the
Department of City Planning:
“According to City Planning, East Tremont Avenue is poised to re-emerge
as a vibrant neighborhood commercial corridor. The effects of the
rezoning combined with the formation of a business improvement district
could spur new development, attract new businesses, and create a
pedestrian environment which establishes a sense of place. Already E.
Tremont Ave. enjoys a robust network of bus transportation including a
new Select Bus Service along Webster Ave. East Tremont Ave. between
Arthur and 3rd Ave. is where Tremont Park is located, a 15 acre open
space and recreation area. The Metro -North rail station located on East
Tremont and Park Ave. provides commuter rail service along the Harlem
Metro North Line. The Cross Bronx Expressway is accessible thru Webster,
3rd as well as Arthur Ave.” The Third Avenue East Tremont rezoning will
bring additional much needed housing to this community as well as
enhance existing commercial and recreational facilities. Presently, the
community planning board is working alongside City Agencies and Civic
organizations i.e. Transportation, Police Department. Parks and
Recreation, to ensure that with the rezoning comes a better quality of
life for our residents.”
Mastermind Ltd has several development projects on tap. Following are
those that are in the pipeline and scheduled to materialize in 2015/16:
The Tremont Blue – 516 E. Tremont Ave. has been in contract for several
years with NYPD Traffic Violations Bureau, this agency has signed a 20
year lease, and it is expected to be occupied before fall 2014. Another
project is the Tremont Renaissance on E. Tremont between Park and
Webster Ave. with 216 rental units, a possible December 2015 closing.
The Belmont Cove, which is to be located on East 176th Street between
Belmont and Crotona avenues, is pending a variance. Mastermind is
looking to build Belmont Cove as approximately 75-85 rental units which
will consist of 3, 2, and 1 bedrooms as well as studios.
Honorable Ritchie Torres, Honorable Maria del Carmen Arroyo,
City Council Member, 15th Council District City Council Member, 17th
The following section is excerpted from the Department of Design and
The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is managing a
capital reconstruction project of the roadways surrounding Fordham
Plaza. Project work continues to progress. The months of May and June
saw the completion of sidewalk and curb installation on Park Avenue
East, installation of traffic signage, and tree planting. The coming
months will see lighting, and punch list items. The anticipated
completion date for all work operation remains summer 2014.
Propose work schedule
1. Asphalt Milling/Asphalt Repair
2. Roadway line striping and street signage installation
3. Punch list and ancillary repairs
Work Completed to date:
1. Roadway reconstruction of E.189th Street between 3rd Ave. and Webster
2. Roadway reconstruction of 3rd Ave. between E.189th St. and East
3. Roadway reconstruction of East Fordham Road between Webster Ave. and
4. Fordham Plaza bus terminal reconstruction on 3rd Avenue.
5. Asphalt paving of all roadways in the metro North Fordham Station.
6. Curb and Sidewalk Repair in sidewalk repair in front of Metro North.
7. Curb and Sidewalk installation on Park Avenue East between East 188th
St. and East 189th Street.
Community Impacts: Public Transportation:
● BX#15 and #15 UNLIMITED BUSES are permanently dropping off passengers
along the East side of 3rd Ave. between East Fordham Rd. and East 189th
● BX#15 and #15 LIMITED BUSES are now permanently picking up passengers
along the West side of 3rd Avenue inside of the new bus turnaround loop.
● BX#17 buses are permanently picking up and dropping off passengers at
the Eastside of 3rd Ave. at the intersection of East Fordham Road.
● The Fordham Road Bid has a pending contract with DDC for the
maintenance and everyday operations of Fordham Plaza once work is
By far the area which will see the most development in the next few
years is the West Farms section of our district. Examples of which are
THE BRONX RIVER ARTS CENTER had delays, however, the ground breaking
took place in June and construction on their state of the arts building
is scheduled to start by fall 2014 and completion 2015. The new Bronx
River Arts Center will provide much needed arts and culture classes
SIGNATURE URBAN will construct 2 residential buildings with a total of
392 units, 99 parking spaces and commercial use as well as a Day Care
facility. According to the Bronx Borough President’s report, Signature
Urban is the #1 of the top ten residential developments in the borough
for a total of $75,000.000
PANKAJ SHAH, a private developer, is building 2 multifamily residential
buildings with funding from HDC and HPD at 1939 West Farms Road,
adjacent to the Howard Johnson Motel. Investment of this property is
$42,000.000 making this the third of the ten top residential
Comunilife Inc.'s plans to construct the El Rio Residence, an 8-story
building with approximately 65 dwelling units of supportive senior
citizen housing at 2064 Boston Road.
At the time of this District Needs Statement is being written, Phipps
Houses’ is constructing three 8 to 10 story buildings, totaling 141
apartments, at 1160 Lebanon Street, and 1175 and 1172 East Tremont Ave.
The New York City Department of Design and Construction in conjunction
with the City and State departments of transportation are in charge of
the West Farms reconstruction project which includes E.177th St. and
Devoe Avenue, Bronx Park Avenue and East Tremont Avenue. The entrance to
the Sheridan Expressway will undergo extensive improvements. The project
includes the reconstruction of roadways and water mains, new traffic
signals, improved street lighting and the installation of central median
planters which will provide more open space, better roadways and safer
pedestrian crossings. Although this project has been delayed we expect
it to move forward in 2015/16. The Community Board will hold a Town Hall
meeting in the fall to inform residents of this project.
FISCAL YEAR 2016 DISTRICT NEEDS BROKEN DOWN BY AGENCY
Some of Bronx Community Board #6’s more pressing needs and priorities
for Fiscal Year 2016 are as follows:
Bronx Community Board #6’s support for its local police precinct (the
48th) is second to none. We want our police officers to be well
equipped, well trained and totally prepared for the challenges and risks
of the 21st Century and beyond.
Having said that, we urge the department to redouble its efforts to
ensure that the 48th Police Precinct is equipped with all of the tools –
bulletproof vests, computers, telephones, etc., -- that it needs in
order to protect and communicate with the citizens of our district.
The 48th precinct continues to be designated as an “Impact Zone.” Due to
this, the community board has a moratorium on street events occurring
within the Impact Zone area, and limits street events to one (1)
activity per day, not to lasting past 7pm. We still maintain our policy
of no events on July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Halloween.
Bronx Community Board #6 asks that the Police Department pay greater
attention to the 48th Police Precinct’s vehicles. The vehicles,
particularly its squad cars, appear to require a more frequent schedule
of maintenance and repairs.
Bronx Community Board #6 also asks that our district’s allocation of
police officers be increased in order that our community may continue to
enjoy the significant reduction in crime that it has experienced in
Similarly, the community board asks that our district’s allocation of
school crossing guards be increased in order to keep pace with the
increased number of young children that attend our local schools and
need guidance negotiating our busy street and intersections
Lastly, there are three policy, non-budgetary, issues that we urge the
Police Department to implement in Fiscal Year 2016.
1. To further improve police and community relations, we ask that the
Police Department mandate that the precinct commanders once again
convene Precinct Management Team (PMT) meetings with their community
board’s district manager and the president of their precinct’s community
council. These meetings provide for the useful exchange of important
information and ideas that help the precinct commanders, district
managers and council presidents to better serve their communities.
2. Additionally, we further ask that Bronx Community Board #6 be kept
informed of any illegal activities (i.e., public drinking, gambling,
etc.) that occur at fairs, block parties and other street events held in
its district. This information, which is not normally provided to the
board unless specifically requested, would prove extremely helpful to us
as we decide which activities should continue to receive our support and
be recommended for approval in the future.
3. Lastly, it is also necessary that the precinct continue to closely
monitor all of our local bars and nightclubs to insuring that they are
up to code (i.e., all required licenses, no selling to minors and no
nuisance to residents).
NYPD School Safety
We ask that the New York Police Department’s School Safety Division
designate the central Crotona and West Farms sections of our district as
a school drug free zone. The boundaries of the zone would be: Southern
Boulevard/Crotona Parkway to the west; East 180th Street/Bronx Park
South to the north; Morris Park Avenue to the east, and the Cross Bronx
Expressway to the south. At a minimum, the proposed school drug free
zone contains three (3) day care centers, four (4) public and/or private
elementary and intermediate schools, and several youth after-school
programs. Youth will be able to travel more freely to and from these
facilities as word spreads that persons arrested in the zone for the
sale or possession of illegal drugs are subject to stiffer criminal
penalties. As well as honing in on the prostitution that exists
surrounding the aforementioned schools.
Housing Preservation & Development
Bronx Community Board #6 is fortunate that most of its vacant city owned
land is now undergoing development for housing or other worthwhile
development projects and that we have no vacant city-owned land that is
not already in the pipeline for development. Nonetheless, we urge the
Department of Housing Preservation and Development to encourage all
housing developers that are proposing projects within the community
board #6 area to, as much as possible, incorporate “green roofs” in
their project design.
Furthermore, in order to ensure that Community Board #6 receive the
ultimate benefits from new housing projects developed within its
district, the Community Board has adopted a policy of requesting letters
from developers coming before it asking that they provide written
assurances that they will attempt to hire locally, and purchase
equipment and services from local vendors as much as feasibly possible.
Due to the number of recent fires at illegally converted apartments, we
insist that HPD keep us updated of all findings by the Mayor’s SRO Task
Department of Parks and Recreation
Bronx Community Board #6’s foremost concern for the Department of Parks
and Recreation is for the safety of our constituents as they visit and
utilize our district’s numerous parks and plays areas. Therefore, we
encourage the hiring and deployment of additional Parks Enforcement
Personnel (PEP Officers) to patrol and monitor conditions in all of our
We also ask that the department work closely with the 48th Police
Precinct in order to reduce criminal activities in and around our parks;
such as, but not limited to, gang, prostitution and drug activities at
Vidalia Park and River Park (where two youths drowned July 2010) and
ensure that all parks are closed at dusk in order to further safeguard
Lastly, we ask that the department to advise the community board of all
permits that it issues for activities in our district’s parks (i.e.,
softball and basketball leagues, soccer games etc.).
Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation recently installed cameras as well as
improved traffic signals at the intersection of Fordham Road, Webster
Avenue and Third Avenue. The Community Board will monitor these
locations to insure no other safety measures are needed.
As of June 30, 2013 DOT implemented the Select Bus Service on the
Webster Avenue corridor from East 149th Street to Gunhill Road. The SBS
provides speedier service, less stops (pay before you enter) and, as an
added bonus, eventually will have buses to LaGuardia Airport leaving
from Fordham Road.
The above District Needs Statement for Fiscal Year 2016 for Bronx
Community Board #6 is respectfully submitted by:
Wendy Rodriguez, Board Chairperson
Ivine Galarza, District Manager
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