|On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 the Interagency Team leading the SEHP process held a public meeting to present final recommendations. The meeting presentation can be viewed in its entirety on the public participation page. Other study resources can be viewed here. Read the press release.
The ‘Sheridan-Hunts Point Land Use and Transportation Study’was an intensive interdisciplinary study of the neighborhoods and infrastructure surrounding the Sheridan Expressway. The study was undertaken by an interagency team consisting of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, the Department of City Planning, the Department of Transportation, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability. The broad scope of the study sought to address community concerns over land use, waterfront access, transportation and economic development, and take advantage of emerging opportunities for new housing and retail. The proposals developed, and ultimately the final recommendations, were the result of close consultation with a broad range of stakeholders over a two year period. The study team worked to strike a balance between an increasingly vibrant residential area and the need to maintain efficient routes for traffic traveling to Hunts Point, the economic and employment core of the area. The recommendations respond to community priorities, which include improving public access to parks along the Bronx River, providing safety improvements to the existing pedestrian network and rationalizing the highway network.
The SEHP study began in 2010 when the City of New York was awarded a 1.5 million dollar TIGER II planning grant from the United States Department of Transportation. At this time, the study was associated with work being done by the New York State Department of Transportation (SDOT), which, since 2001, had been studying proposals to alleviate bottlenecks on the Bruckner Expressway (I-278) at its interchange with the Sheridan Expressway (I-895) and the Bronx River Parkway. SDOT has since discontinued its study, making the outcome of the SEHP study all the more important to ensure that local transportation, development, and quality of life concerns are recognized, understood, and addressed.
The completion of the study sets the stage for the transportation project development process, which will require environmental review and preliminary design. The City will pursue a cooperative agreement to advance the project with the State, which owns the expressway. The land use recommendations will require targeted outreach, analysis, and environmental and public review.