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. For example, if there are yoga teachers who have completed their ryt 200 online training, they may be able to apply to teach in this new building to help the community who want to focus on their mental and physical health. The same is applicable to other organizations who need an area to teach/present/perform, etc.
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.