SoBro’s urban planning initiatives integrate brownfield remediation and redevelopment, waterfront revitalization, green infrastructure and design, and public space planning to promote healthy, resilient, and equitable communities in the Bronx.
Our brownfield remediation and redevelopment services include:
Defining project focus areas and goal-setting
Partnerships with property owners, regulatory agencies, and community stakeholders
Consultant procurements, RFP processes, and monitoring
Coordination with the grantee agency
Project feasibility analysis
Public meeting organization and facilitation
Planning charities and workshops
Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment
In 2004 New York State awarded SoBro Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program grants to revitalize brownfields in the Port Morris and Eastchester sections of the Bronx. Through the BOA, SoBro worked closely with property owners, real estate developers, and local community and government stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities in these areas, develop the community’s visions for revitalization, and facilitate the rehabilitation of blighted properties.
SoBro works in distressed waterfront communities in the Bronx and citywide to assist with waterfront access and recreational waterfront development opportunities, expansion of water-dependent industry and maritime infrastructure, addressing water quality concerns, and shoreline protection mechanisms.
Port Morris Lower Concourse BOA:
Port Morris-Harlem River Steering Committee Presentation – November 2014
Final Port Morris–Harlem River Reports
Port Morris-Harlem River – Step 2 Nomination Report – Part 1
Port Morris–Harlem River – Step 2 Nomination Report – Part 2
Port Morris–Harlem River – Step 2 Nomination Report – Part 3
Port Morris–Harlem River – Step 2 Nomination Report – Part 4
Public Space Development:
Roberto Clemente Plaza
In partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYC Department of Design and Construction, SoBro assisted in the development of a 17,000 square foot plaza in the Hub section of the Bronx at 3rd Avenue and 149th Street that includes planters, benches, public art, and a fountain. This plaza has fundamentally transformed public space in the Hub by creating a green oasis at one of the busiest intersections in the Bronx.