Funded by a $40,000 grant from the New York Foundation, we are working alongside a team of experts in the areas of architecture, engineering, community planning and economic planning to conduct an in-depth feasibility study for the acquisition and conversion of the old Lincoln Detox building (which is 75% complete!) This historic facility – borne out of the courageous activism of the Black Panthers and Young Lords – now sits vacant in the heart of Mott Haven and stands to house more than a dozen community organizations working in the areas of health, education and the arts (H.E.ARTS). The feasibility study will be an important tool to advance the work, which has already included three community visioning sessions, two report backs, a street festival, multiple meetings with city agencies and representatives, completion of a structural engineering report and collaboration on design charrettes with the Spitzer School of Architecture. See more info here. If you are interested in getting involved with this effort, let us know.
South Bronx Unite (together with several local businesses and community members) has partnered with Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health on an 18-month collaborative research project measuring air quality, traffic and noise in the Mott Haven-Port Morris area before and after FreshDirect adds its additional 1,000 diesel truck trips through the community every day. This study is unprecedented and critical to demonstrate the need to address the health crises in the South Bronx and enact mitigation measures to change health outcomes.
Out of more than 100 applications city-wide, we were selected as one of two projects to become long-term Design Trust collaborations under a model that connects our community with Design Trust staff, a group of Design Trust Fellows (one of whom is our own community’s Dr. Monxo López!) and other community partners. Our project – Power in Place: Building Community Wealth and Well-being in Mott Haven-Port Morris – is a community asset mapping and planning project that will support our community land trust, the Mott-Haven-Port Morris Community Land Stewards. The project will make the case for community prioritized use of land by (i) creating a GIS (geographic information system) framework to identify opportunities, constraints, and requirements for the creation and use of public space; (ii) developing a community-driven plan, incorporating the myriad of existing plans (from Pratt, CUNY, MIT, Penn Design and Columbia, among others), to create new and strengthen existing public space utilizing the CLT model; (iii) re-engaging the community and stakeholders for input and direction; and (iv) building a communication toolkit that will strengthen advocacy and education about the CLT model.
When: Saturday, July 16, 11-4 pm
Where: Lincoln Avenue Waterfront (south of East 132nd Street)
- International Musical Line-up – including:
- Bandistan Ensemble * – Musicians from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
- Plenatorium – contemporary interpretation of traditional Puerto Rican plena
- UpBeat – South Bronx children’s orchestra
- DJ Manny – Mott Haven’s own resident DJ
- BBQ – with Mott Haven resident garbage can grill master Jake
- Water Activities – water testing, canoeing and fishing (with a $50 1st place prize for the largest fish)
- Unveiling of the Lincoln Avenue and Alexander Avenue Waterfront Renderings from UPenn – based off of the Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan
From land and from water, join us for a celebration of South Bronx resiliency and public waterfront accessibility. Despite nine miles of public, state-owned waterfront land along the Mott Haven-Port Morris peninsula of the South Bronx, community members currently do not have a single public access point. This special waterfront event – part of the city-wide Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day – celebrates the efforts of the community to build bridges to the public waterfront.