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Building H.E.ARTS (Health, Education & the Arts) – Feasibility Report Done!

As a community sponsor of the Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Stewards community land trust (CLT), South Bronx Unite has now completed a Feasibility Report for the economically sustainable and adaptive re-use and transformation of the city-owned and vacant Lincoln Detox Center into a center for health (H), education (E) and the arts (ARTS) – H.E.ARTS.

Expanding on the rich history of the building and reversing its existing state of deterioration, our CLT aims to acquire and convert the 22,750 square foot building into a community-owned asset. The building will contain offices, meeting areas, a culinary arts kitchen, classrooms and performance spaces which will house local organizations facing displacement that have been doing critical work in the South Bronx for decades.

The Feasibility Report is the outcome of an ongoing process of community engagement, which has included several large scale envisioning sessions, report backs and festivals. Baretto Bay Strategies conducted an extensive space allocation and economic projection analysis. Bagchee Architects did historical and architectural research and afterwards created the pre-schematic design proposal. KMP Design & Engineering did the MEPS recommendations and preliminary cost estimating. The H.E.ARTS Feasibility Report combines the metrics of zoning, site, building and economic analysis into the conceptual mission and design framework for the H.E.ARTS Community Center. The project has already received letters of support from Congressman Jose Serrano and Councilwoman Diana Ayala.

See more info here. If you are interested in getting involved with this effort, let us know.

Power in Place: Building Community Wealth and Well-Being in Mott Haven-Port Morris

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.



I. Legal Updates – The ongoing litigation to stop Fresh Direct’s move to the Harlem River Yards continues! Newly disclosed information provides us with the opportunity to request renewal of our claim that the State DOT violated the New York Constitution by allowing land at the Harlem River Yard to be leased to Fresh Direct. We’ll keep you posted!

II. Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan – Our community’s plan for the waterfront – which does not include FreshDirect’s diesel truck warehouse – has received overwhelming support from City and State agencies, Speaker Mark-Viverito and more than 200 residents and organizations. If you have not already done so, please submit your comments today in support of the plan – LINK HERE.


III. Continued Pressure on the de Blasio Administration – Mayor de Blasio has the power to stop this deal! More than 400 phone calls and emails have been made to his office asking him to stop this deal. If you have not done so already, contact his team today – LINK HERE.

IV. Harder for Mayor de Blasio to Give $140M to One Company in a Market Flooded with Alternatives? – This proposed subsidy has long been fought by New York grocers who see significant unfair advantage being given to one company. Now the market is being flooded with additional alternative delivery providers.