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The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) is seeking a Request for Proposals (RFP), from planning consultants for work in the Bronx River-Sheridan Expressway Corridor in the Bronx, New York.

In Spring 2015, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) was awarded a Cooperative Agreement from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Area-Wide Planning (BF AWP) Program (CFDA: 66.814). This agreement facilitates research and community-driven brownfield planning, implementation and revitalization for a twenty-eight (28) acres of brownfield located in three (3) area clusters in the Bronx River – Sheridan Expressway corridor of the Bronx. SoBRO, in partnership with DCP and YMPJ will facilitate community involvement and conduct research/technical assistance activities that will enable the development and implementation of a brownfields area-wide plan, including a robust plan implementation strategy, for the corridor. The proposed implementation plan builds on Sheridan Expressway-Hunts Point Land Use and Transportation Study (SEHP), 2011-2013. SEHP was a two-year intensive, interdisciplinary study of the neighborhoods and infrastructure surrounding the Sheridan Expy, funded by a grant from U.S. DOT and carried out by the NYC DCP and the NYC DOT.

Three strategic brownfield clusters are considered catalyst, high priority sites this project area. The reuse strategies and plans developed for these brownfield sites through this project are being done to help facilitate site assessment, cleanup and eventual redevelopment.

Cluster #1: The Loral Site and surrounding vacant parcels between the Bronx River and Colgate Avenue south of the Bruckner Expressway.

Cluster #2: The second cluster is the West Farms neighborhood north of 174th Street, south of 180th Street, between Bronx River Avenue to the east and the Bronx River to the west.

Cluster #3: The 6-acre Bronx River Waterfront site adjacent to Starlight Park between 174th Street and Westchester Avenues is comprised of 6 tax lots with a mix of vacant sites, parking facilities, heavy industrial sites, and a solid waste management facility.

The project results will include positive environmental outcomes related to public health, air and water quality, such as reduced exposure to contaminants, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, reduced stormwater runoff, and substantial reductions in pollutant loadings in local waterways. The project expects these types of environmental outcomes at brownfields and other infill properties that accommodate the growth and development that would otherwise have occurred on undeveloped, greenfield properties.

The core, two-fold goal of the BOA study is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the existing conditions and economic development opportunities driven by the needs and vision of the local community; and to then facilitate revitalization of Strategic Sites – vacant or underutilized property where redevelopment would help realize the community vision. Utilizing BOA resources, SoBRO will help to revive and rehabilitate sites and particular sections that currently detract from the area’s potential for economic development and contribute to a recurring cycle of egregious activity and environmental degradation.

Today, SoBRO is seeking proposals for planning-related consultant work in the Bronx River – Sheridan Expressway study area that will be consistent with the programmatic requirements of an Area-Wide Study per the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Program, as well as goals identified by SoBRO and a range of local stakeholders. The selected consultant team will work in collaboration with the SoBRO staff to produce a detailed analysis resulting in an Area-Wide Plan and Implementation Strategy for the target area.

For more information please contact, Jessica Rodriguez, Development Associate, Jessica.rod@sobro.org or 718-732-7660.


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