City officials met with residents at The Point on June 18 to discuss the eagerly anticipated arrival of a new Metro-North station in two years, and promised to take community input into account.
Critics of the plan suspect that the city will not just tinker with details to improve residents’ lives, but will rezone the area in a way that will lead to mass displacement of current residents. The city says that’s not so.
The state’s proposal to build access ramps between the Sheridan Expressway and Hunts Point through Edgewater Road drew sharp criticism from young activists, who say that the state remains tone deaf to the needs of South Bronx communities
The number of drug rehabilitation facilities in the South Bronx has long exceeded the neighborhood’s ability to absorb them, say Hunts Point residents who fear the opening of yet another one.
Though the issues that concerned the panelists differed in the details, their call to action was the same: elected officials should consult with communities before making critical policy decisions.
The new design calls for demolishing the existing digesters and building four new, cylindrically shaped structures, which, the DEP says, will cause shadows to be cast over the park for less than an hour a day.
They hoped to spread the word about the city’s Right to Counsel law, which passed in Aug. 2017, allowing tenants in certain neighborhoods free legal service to prevent them from being evicted.