3024 Third Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
TEL: (718) 585-7117
FAX: (718) 292-0558
Welcome to the web site of Bronx Community Board #1, Gateway to the
Downtown Bronx! We are pleased to be working with the Honorable Adolfo Carrion, Jr.,
President of the Borough of the Bronx to improve the lives of the 90,000 +
residents of District One.
We would like to begin our interaction with you by providing an overview of
the current state of development in our board.
Our board has entered a period of sustained redevelopment and revival. The
physical and economic state of the district's three neighborhoods, Mott
Haven, Melrose, and Port Morris is changing and growing. The Melrose Commons
Housing development has added over 1,700 new units of housing, with a large
portion being low-density single and two family homes. The South Bronx Churches and the New York City Partnership have developed and are breaking
ground on the construction of small homes in Mott Haven. It is estimated
these major development projects will help increase the district population
to over 15,000 additional residents by mid-decade. This gain in new
homeownership will result to an increase in the household and family median
income in the district.
Designation of a Federal Empowerment Zone and State Economic Development
Zone has bolstered business expansion and job creation in Port Morris. Evidence of this expansion is seen in the recent development of a new, $200
million New York Post newspaper printing operation which relocated from South Street in Manhattan.
Port Morris is also becoming well known as the location for many reputable
antique stores. In addition, private studies are currently being performed
to determine the viability of waterfront recreational development along our
southern border of the East River.
In the area of commercial development, several national/regional food and
convenience goods chains have expanded to the business areas of The "HUB"
East 149th Street & Third Avenue and East 138th Street. These businesses
include Burger King, Duane Reade, CVS, Rite Aid, New York National Bank, Lucille
Roberts, GNC, and a Sears service repair store.
Over the past four years, through community empowerment, intervention by
neighborhood local development corporations, and a infusion of public and
private dollars, District One is a portion of the Bronx where business and
neighborhood expansion is occurring.
Little Known Bronx Community Board One History Fact:
The Wackquaskeck Indians of the Delaware Nation, who were among the first
residents of the Bronx, settled upon the land which St. Mary's Park is now
located. This tribe was the first to begin to cultivate and farm the land.
When? -Before 1492!
Many thanks to our board fact finder- Board member and Chairperson of our
Economic Development Committee, Ms. Estel Fonseca.
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