The South Bronx Initiative Plan creates a development framework to support the revitalization of the South Bronx.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the “South Bronx Initiative” (SBI) in 2006. This strategic planning initiative sought to sustain the positive effects of several development and infrastructure projects sponsored by the City to attract private investment to the South Bronx and promote the creation of new affordable housing, retail, and office space.
NYCEDC was part of the team that worked on this initiative, together with the Departments of City Planning, Housing Preservation and Development, Parks & Recreation, Small Business Services, and Transportation.
After a 2-year planning and community outreach process led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, the SBI Plan was released in the Summer 2008. The plan defines a vision and a strategy to guide future land use changes and capital investments in the South Bronx.
The interagency team undertook a wide-ranging outreach effort to identify community priorities and craft a relevant economic development strategy.
The outreach included public presentations and meetings with a cross-section of stakeholders, including elected officials, local community and business groups, and Bronx Community Boards 1, 3, and 4. In these discussions, the community voiced a need to focus on quality of life issues related to housing, retail options, connectivity and transport, public and open spaces, waterfront destinations, and job creation.
The community engagement efforts allowed the interagency team to define and build consensus around an overall vision that informs the SBI plan and its implementation strategy.
The vision is one where future development in the South Bronx builds upon the area's existing assets and improves local neighborhoods with mixed-income housing, attractive retail districts and public spaces, new waterfront destinations, an efficient transportation network, and a diverse economy providing jobs for local residents.
The interagency team studied the section of the South Bronx bounded by:
The team subdivided this study area into three focus areas, developing a specific vision and implementation strategy for each one in the SBI Plan.
The vision for this focus area is to create an attractive, mixed-income, urban village with balanced neighborhood retail, new parks, open spaces, and a college campus.
The SBI plan recommends the following strategy to realize this vision:
The vision for this focus area is to create a transit-oriented, higher-density district that includes a mix of office, retail, and residential development enhanced by a pedestrian-friendly environment, convenient public transportation access, and improved traffic flow.
The strategy to realize this vision includes the following actions:
This focus area is envisioned as a vibrant gateway into the Bronx and a multi-faceted neighborhood that retains industry and jobs for local residents, while supporting new residential development, retail, grocery stores and public waterfront access and open space.
The strategy to realize this vision includes to following actions: