South Bronx residents confronted city officials at an open house in East Tremont last Thursday, over the proposed rezoning of a large swath of Southern Boulevard between Longwood and Crotona Park.
With 10 new residential buildings under construction in the neighborhood, including the Peninsula on the old Spofford juvenile prison site, many affordable housing opportunities will be opening soon.
Demolition of the former Spofford juvenile detention center will start this summer, now that the City Council has given the green light to The Peninsula, the development that will replace it.
The Department of Housing and Preservation Development is providing free financial counseling and housing assistance for residents seeking affordable housing.
Housing advocates and residents hope that a market-rate development scheduled for construction in Longwood is not a sign of worrying things to come in the area.
Renderings have been revealed for two new affordable rental buildings located around the corner from each other near the commercial district of 163rd Street, and a third is going through the city’s approval process.
Plans for a new residential and commercial complex on the site of the old Spofford detention center include 740 new units of affordable housing, half of which will be set aside for local residents.
Helen Hines hopes to pull off an upset, as incumbent Rafael Salamanca’s only opponent in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary for the 17th City Council District seat.
“Every couple of weeks, there’s a different pressing issue,” says City Councilman Rafael Salamanca, 37, who will run in a Sept. 12 primary to protect his seat in the 17th City Council District.