Integral to the success of the Sheridan-Hunts Point planning process is the active participation of a wide range of stakeholders. In addition to public site tours, the Department of City Planning will lead public design charrettes to actively engage stakeholders in planning the complex Sheridan-Hunts Point area. To reach a broad range of stakeholders, the planning team has established multiple means of communication and participation.
To view a full summary of the October 15, 2011 Planning Charrette click here.
|Sheridan Public Planning Charrette
On Saturday, October 15, 2011, the Department of City Planning (DCP) organized and led a public workshop to engage stakeholders in the Sheridan-Hunts Point Transportation and Land Use Study. Almost 80 community residents, elected officials, business owners, and other interested stakeholders participated in the five-hour workshop along with representatives from multiple city agencies. The goal of the day was to allow stakeholders to help the City develop scenarios for the future of the Sheridan Expressway and the surrounding area.
The day began with an informational open house and interactive activities including a scale model of the Sheridan Expressway and surrounding neighborhood. Interactive boards allowed participants to indicate where they live/work, what they use and what they want to see in their neighborhood. A video interview booth allowed participants to voice their thoughts on the process, their neighborhood, and their needs. A “virtual tour” of the area via information boards engaged participants in facts about the area. The workshop centered on break-out groups that were staffed with facilitators, urban designers and note takers to capture ideas about land uses and local streetscape and design issues in three Sheridan Expressway scenarios: the expressway remains, the expressway is modified into a boulevard, and the expressway is removed.
Other agencies who participated in the workshop include NYCEDC, NYCDOT, HPD, and the Deputy Mayor’s Office, as well as the private architectural firm WXY Architects. DCP will arrange for the model and information boards to be available for public input at DCP’s main office as well as at select locations in the Bronx. The interagency team will use the input from the workshop, Community Working Group, website, and model tour, to shape scenarios for further study. Additional public input will be solicited when the draft scenarios are shared publicly via open houses in Winter/Spring 2012.
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| Sheridan Expressway – Hunts Point Land Use and Transportation Study Area Tours
This summer, the Bronx office of the Department of City Planning led three public walking tours of the Sheridan Expressway-Hunts Point study area. Two of the tours took place on Thursday, July 28 in the late afternoon and a Saturday morning tour was held on August 20. The tours were approximately two hours in length.
There was high public turn out for all three tours with many participants coming from the study area neighborhoods. Each was attended by a mix of people including, residents, elected officials, and local business owners. The tour started at the intersection of East 177 Street and Devoe Avenue, which is the site of a MTA bus depot, the terminus of the Sheridan Expressway, and a soon to be opened pedestrian entrance into Starlight Park.
The tour continued south from the starting point along West Farms Road along Crotona Park East-West Farms Road area. A rezoning of the area from manufacturing to residential and commercial uses was approved in September 2011. (additional information about the rezoning can be found here.) From the East 174 Street Bridge participants could view the Sheridan and Cross Bronx Expressways the soon to be opened Starlight Park and the Bronx River.
The tour groups passed through Concrete Plant Park, part of the Bronx River Greenway. The park is located along the Bronx River, adjacent to an Amtrak rail line and Sheridan Expressway. After leaving Concrete Plant Park, participants crossed the Bruckner Boulevard Bridge and viewed and discussed the Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange, the often congested connection between the Sheridan and Bruckner Expressways.
Finally, groups traveled along Hunts Point and Lafayette Avenues to Hunts Point Riverside Park which is just south of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. Participants were interested in knowing more about planned housing development in the area and its impact of community services, potential methods for addressing traffic hotspots and enhancing pedestrian safety.
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|How can I participate in the planning process?
|JOIN: You are encouraged to participate in the public design charrettes; the time and place of these opportunities will be posted on this web page and advertised. To receive personal e-mail notice of these meetings, submit your contact information to our e-mail list.
COMMENT: You can send comments and ideas to the planning team from this web site or via e-mail.
|How can I stay informed?
E-MAIL: You can sign up for the e-mail list to receive e-mail notices of the public charrettes and meetings as well as web-site updates.
ON THE WEB: You can read about the study’s progress and latest findings on this web site. Subscribe to the RSS feed from the project website to receive notices of website updates.
COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP: You can stay in touch with Community Working Group members including Community Boards 2, 3, 6, or 9 who will also be aware of meetings and events related to the study.
AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA):
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 encourages the involvement of people with disabilities in the development and improvement of transportation and paratransit plans and services. In accordance with ADA guidelines, all meetings conducted by the Sheridan Expressway – Hunts Point Land Use and Transportation Study take place in locations that are accessible to persons with mobility limitations. Translation services, including American Sign Language (ASL), are available upon request with three (3) days notice to NYCDCP by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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