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BRONX CB7 COMMUNITY NEWS
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GOV. ANDREW CUOMO ANNOUNCES PLAN TO DEVELOP NEW BRONX CIVIC CENTER
BRONX CHRONICLE – On Tuesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Bronx Civic Center neighborhood in the South Bronx will receive $10 million in funding and investments as the New York City winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
As in the first round of the DRI, one downtown from each of the state’s 10 regional economic development regions will be selected as that region’s DRI winner and will benefit from $10 million in state investment to revitalize the area, marking another overall state goal to target $100 million in funding and investments to help communities identify catalytic downtown projects to boost the local economy. (Bronx Chronicle, 2017). See Live Coverage
NEW DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL SPARKS COMMUNITY OUTRAGE
NORWOOD – Community members took a preemptive strike against a proposed shelter across from a Norwood school by holding a protest Tuesday. The community is taking action against what members believe will become an all-men’s shelter inside a Sam’s Floor Covering location. Their worries surfaced after an application was filed with the Department of Buildings requesting to expand the building and add sleeping accommodations.
Community Board 7 members say the application was approved by the DOB in March and that they are against an all-men’s shelter so close to P.S./M.S. 20, which directly faces the Sam’s Floor Covering building. The board’s chairwoman says they don’t oppose a shelter; they’re just worried about it being exclusively for men. “We have no clue what’s going to happen here, and that’s what we are worried about,” says Adeline Walker-Santiago.
The community board proposed an alternate location for the shelter at the FEGS Bronx Mental Health Center on Jerome Avenue. News 12 has not confirmed whether the Sam’s Floor Covering location will in fact be a men’s shelter; there’s just the application for expansion. The Department of Homeless Services has told the community that it has not made any final decisions (Bronx News 12, 2017).
The school has over 1040 students Pre-K to 8th grade and 220 teachers and in the adjoining school PS 168 with grades K to 5 located also at 3050 Webster Avenue in their Annex where they have an additional 200 special needs students with 108 additional teachers.
BRONX BORO PRES ANNOUNCES $20M TOWARDS EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS
Bronx Borough President Ruben Rodriguez, Jr. announced that he is allocating $20M in capital funds to 87 education projects throughout the borough, as part of the FY2018 Capital Funding. “Helping to improve our schools is one more step forward towards providing better education in The Bronx.
At the same time, this critical funding helps keep our educational institutions vibrant, and our students, teachers and parents inspired, and is an important component as we continue to improve the lives of our 1.4 million residents.”
This year, Borough President Diaz’s office has provided $58,718,000 in total capital dollars across 146 projects. Since coming to office in 2009, Borough President Diaz has provided $248,646,000 in total capital funding to 725 projects (bronxboropres.gov, 2017). Learn More about Borough President Diaz’s capital allocations towards education in FY 2018.
BRONX CB7 FACES GROWING COMMUNITY CONCERNS AMID PROPOSED SHELTER
NORWOOD NEWS: Following acrimony over the city Department of Homeless Services’ proposal to establish a homeless shelter across from an elementary school on Webster Avenue in Norwood, Community Board 7 still appears to be at an impasse in getting the city to reconsider. But Councilman Andy Cohen, who attended the board’s Sept. 12 Land Use/Housing & Zoning Committee meeting, said the city did not give him a “definitive answer” on whether it will relent and scout for a shelter elsewhere.
“They have not made the changes we have asked for,” said Cohen, “and so I think it’s going to require some organization on our part. I think it’s time to prepare for the worst.” For Jean Hill, committee chair, that means protesting. Hill noted that the board will start a petition to organize a demonstration opposing the shelter the city is considering to build at Sam’s Floor Covering at 3041 Webster Ave. “You just have to be proactive about it,” said Hill. “It doesn’t take a whole lot of people.” (Norwood News, 2017) Read More
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