Hunts Point Vision Plan and Development
Plans to revitalize the Hunts Point neighborhood in the South Bronx originated in 2003 from the work of the Hunts Point Task Force. In 2005, the Hunts Point Vision Plan was unveiled, the goals of which include creating jobs and a competitive business environment, as well as building a sustainable community. Plans also include the development of new waterfront parks, improving traffic safety, upgrading street lighting, adding recreation trails, repaving streets and improving the rail freight lines serving Hunts Point. Additionally, the Vision Plan involves collaboration with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide new bus service to the Hunts Point area. Since 2003, over $5 million has been invested in further developing this area of the South Bronx.
On November 21, 2006, Mayor Bloomberg announced a $30 million plan to add parkland, recreation space and landscaped streets to the Hunts Point Peninsula. Hunts Point Riverside Park was completed and opened in September of the following year. The park will eventually be connected to an 8-mile greenway that will run along the Bronx River from Westchester down to New York City, providing much needed open space, waterfront access and opportunities for mixed used economic development. The South Bronx Greenway Project (SBG) has largely been championed by the local community group, Sustainable South Bronx, but it is also part of the Mayor’s greater efforts to reclaim the New York City waterfront for recreational uses.
Another facet of the Vision Plan includes zoning changes. In January of 2008, the Department of City Planning certified the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) application for a rezoning of 33 blocks designed to create buffer zones around residential and industrial areas and foster economic development in the neighborhood. In July of 2008, the City Council voted in favor of the rezoning. Those in favor of the rezoning hope to encourage the development of cultural and community centers such as museums, libraries and civic centers. In 2009, the area's first farmers' market opened in the Fulton Fish Market.
One of the most notable businesses in the area is the New York City Terminal Market, known commonly as the the Hunts Point Produce Market, which has been in operation since 1967. The market's vendors are currently in negotiations with the city's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for a new facility with a more productive and efficient refrigeration system. The lease is set to expire in 2011. There has been some speculation that the Market will relocate to New Jersey if its facilities do not get upgraded. New York is seeking federal assistance to help improve the buildings as the Market is an important economic driver in the South Bronx and the rest of the City.
Last Updated: October 26, 2009
This development is closely interlinked with:
South Bronx Jail Plan