The Lower Concourse Infrastructure Investment Strategy is the first step towards spending $200 million in infrastructure money to create jobs, increase access to open space, and build affordable housing in the Lower Concourse neighborhood.
As noted in Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City address in February 2015, the Lower Concourse offers an opportunity to strengthen the South Bronx and provides opportunities for new affordable housing, the creation of jobs and new open space along the Harlem River. While the Lower Concourse has historically been an industrial area with an active waterfront, the area does not currently permit safe access to the waterfront or have the infrastructure necessary to support growth. However, the neighborhood now serves as an important gateway to the Bronx, defined by important assets including transit access to the rest of the Bronx and Manhattan and key institutions, such as Lincoln Hospital and the Hostos Community College, along East 149th Street.
The City has developed a $200 million capital investment strategy to build on the neighborhood’s assets and to strengthen the infrastructure that will create jobs and provide affordable housing. NYCEDC is working with many city agency partners to implement a plan that will create jobs, build affordable housing, and promote connections within the neighborhood to its waterfront and new open spaces.
Lower Concourse North ULURP and EIS
As part of activating the Lower Concourse North site, the City must undergo a rezoning of the site from manufacturing to mixed-use commercial and residential to allow for the creation of commercial and community facilities, as well as residential and new open spaces. The site will include an extension of the Harlem River Waterfront Access Plan and ensure that the site will be subject to Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH). The Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) has begun and will commence in fall 2017. We are pleased to have received a COMMUNITY BOARD 4 POSITIVE RECOMMENDATION in May 2017 and a BRONX BOROUGH PRESIDENT POSITIVE RECOMMENDATION in June 2017.
An EIS or Environmental Impact Statement analyzes a generic Reasonable Worst-Case Development Scenario (RWCDS) that considers the worst-case development potential for environmental effects in each technical area that is studied pursuant to City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR). The generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) can be accessed by clicking here.
Lower Concourse North Request for Expressions of Interest Overview
In July 2016, NYCEDC, in partnership with the Department of Housing and Preservation, released a request for expressions of interest (RFEI) for the redevelopment of an approximately 158,000-square-foot site along the Harlem River in the South Bronx. The site is currently vacant and represents a unique opportunity to create an iconic gateway for the southwest Bronx, connect residents to the Harlem River waterfront, and support the growth of the Lower Concourse neighborhood.
Lower Concourse North, conveniently located less than four blocks from the transit hub at 149th Street and Grand Concourse with the 2, 4, and 5 trains, is adjacent to the 145th Street Bridge between Manhattan and the Bronx. The site is also located across from the Bronx Terminal Market shopping mall, just south of Yankee Stadium, a stone’s throw from beautiful parks and green space including Mill Pond Park, and overlooks the picturesque Harlem River.
The City seeks RFEI responses that include a mixed-income affordable housing project that will include a commercial/community facility program and publicly accessible open space, which will encourage pedestrian activity and neighborhood connectivity. Responses to the RFEI, due October 2016, are currently being evaluated.
Infrastructure Investment Project Location
The Lower Concourse Infrastructure Investment Strategy focuses in the area between East 149th Street on the north, 3rd Avenue on the east, down to the Harlem River on the south and west.
1. Lower Concourse North
- Release LCN RFEI
- Provide funding for open space/waterfront access
2. Develop new Harlem River open space
3. Street improvements
- Reconstruct key intersections
- Update water/sewer lines
- Streetscape upgrades
4. Install commercial-grade broadband access
5. Funding for a portion of required waterfront public walkway on Harlem River private sites
Community outreach is an important part of NYCEDC's work in Lower Concourse! We want to hear from as many people as possible during our work. If you would like more information about upcoming events, please email [email protected].
NYCEDC held a community listening session on September 29, 2016, at Hostos Community College. We gave a short presentation and then heard from community members about their priorities. View the full presentation.