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Projects & Proposals > Bronx > Harding Park / Clason Point Printer Friendly Version
Harding Park/Clason Point Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Neighborhood Character & Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

  Update May 9, 2007:
On May 9, 2007 the City Council adopted the Harding Park/Clason Point zoning map changes as proposed (see PDF Document CPC report C 070265 ZMX). The zoning changes are now in effect.

The Department of City Planning proposes to rezone to contextual R4A and R3A zoning districts approximately 34 blocks in three sections of the Soundview peninsula in Bronx Community District 9.  The rezoning area encompasses the Harding Park and  Clason Point neighborhoods and is generally bounded by Randall Avenue to the north, the East River to the south, the Bronx River to the west and Pugsley’s Creek to the east.

The rezoning study was undertaken at the request of the Waterfront Community Garden Association, the Harding Park Homeowners Association, and Community Board 9.   The rezoning will support and reinforce the low-density character of this area and ensure that future residential development will be consistent with the existing context of one- and two-family detached homes.

Typical detached homes in the R5 zoning district in Clason Point.
Typical detached homes in the R5 zoning district in Clason Point.
New out-of-character housing on Patterson Avenue
New out-of-character housing on Patterson Avenue.
Unmapped Street in Harding Park
Unmapped street in Harding Park

Harding Park is a cooperatively owned low- and moderate-income neighborhood located on the western edge of the rezoning area near the Bronx River.  Established as a campground in the 1920s, the area was  eventually developed with summer cottages. During the housing shortage that followed World War II, the cottages became permanent residences, eventually sheltering over 250 families.  Many of the original bungalows remain, as do the unmapped and unnamed streets that were built in the 1920s. 

Clason Point is a flat peninsula of land along the eastern and northern edges of the rezoning area.   Shorehaven, a large-scale residential development approved by the City Planning Commission in 1988, is located outside the rezoning area between Harding Park and Clason Point.  To date approximately 550 of the 1,183 units planned and portions of a waterfront esplanade and a community center have been developed.

White Plains Road and Soundview Avenue run down the middle of the rezoning area, Sound View Park is located to the west along the Bronx River and Pugsley’s Creek Park is located to the east.

Overview | Neighborhood Character & Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

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