|Mid-density apartment buildings along Lafayette Avenue in the residential core.
Hunts Point has been an industrial stronghold since the early 20th century, as evidenced by loft buildings on Worthen Street.
The Department of City Planning is proposing a Special District and related zoning map changes for the Hunts Point area of the Bronx.
The Hunts Point peninsula covers nearly 690 acres and comprises the majority of Bronx Community District 2. The Hunts Point area has long been one of the prominent industrial areas of the city, and is home to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, which is one of the largest food distribution centers in the world, covering 329 acres of the peninsula, as well as the Fulton Fish Market, which was relocated to Hunts Point in 2005. Along with much of the South Bronx, the residential area of Hunts Point experienced severe disinvestment and abandonment beginning in the 1970's. Government and community investment helped to restore a vibrant residential core over the past several years. Today approximately 12,000 people reside on the peninsula.
In 2003, Mayor Bloomberg convened a Hunts Point Task Force to provide a forum for addressing critical concerns about the future of the Hunts Point peninsula. Charged with collaboratively developing a plan and implementable goals for addressing the communities needs, the Task Force released the Hunts Point Vision Plan in 2004, which identified the optimization of the area's land use as one of its primary goals.
Following the 2004 recommendations set forth by the Mayor's Hunts Point Task Force,
the Department of City Planning proposes the establishment of the Special Hunts Point District and related zoning map changes to encourage the growth and expansion of the food industry sector on the Hunts Point peninsula, while creating a buffer between the manufacturing district and adjacent residential neighborhood.
The Department's proposal seeks to:
- Establish and Map the Special Hunts Point District on 70 blocks of the Hunts Point Peninsula;
- Change the underlying zoning for 70 blocks from M1-1, M2-1, and M3-1 to M1-2;
- Change the underlying zoning of one lot (Block 2762, Lot 160) from M1-1 to R6, and
- Extend an existing C1-4 commercial overlay to three blocks along Hunts Point Avenue.
|Hunts Point Task Force
The Hunts Point Task Force encompasses several government agencies, elected officials, local residents, community groups and business representatives, and was charged with collaboratively developing a comprehensive vision plan for Hunts Point with implementable recommendations. The Task Force released the Hunts Point Vision Plan in Fall 2004.
Hunts Point Vision Plan, © New York City Economic Development Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
The Task Force continues to meet on a quarterly basis at the offices of Bronx Community Board 2. Copies of the full Hunts Point Vision Plan are available from the Hunts Point Vision Plan in 2004
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