Although attendance at The Point has been low so far, program founders and community leaders hope that with time, improved outreach, and funding the program will grow in popularity and become self-sustaining.
But although this new community solar farm on Commerce Avenue promises cleaner energy, good jobs for Bronxites and lower electric bills for homeowners and renters around the city, many locals are unaware of the benefits it says it will bring.
At a public safety meeting held at the Police Athletic League center on Longwood Avenue, angered parents voiced their concerns about the safety of their children in recent months.
City planners held a hearing at the Point CDC on Oct. 10 to elicit feedback from residents and discuss changes to the original plan, which initially included emergency generators and heating and cooling units that residents were concerned would produce carbon emissions.
A full house auditorium filled with hundreds of anxious middle schoolers from I.S. 217 School of Performing Arts and Accion Academy sat on the edge of their seats anticipating the arrival of Fat Joe on October 11.
The grounds feature a 100,000-square-foot, 24-hour operational terminal as well as a quarter-mile public access greenway that stretches between the terminal and the wetlands along the East River waterfront.
An ambitious MTA plan that calls for the creation of four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx, including one in Hunts Point, has stalled because of Amtrak’s unwillingness to cooperate, according to more than two-dozen Bronx elected officials.
To stave off potential displacement residents fear could stem from the city’s plan to rezone a 13-block area around Southern Boulevard, Banana Kelly proposed building a community land trust.