The area around Southern Boulevard has already secured a lot of the kinds of infrastructure investments that usually come with a rezoning.
The Department of City Planning says it will ‘continue to work to create a safe space’ for discussion about a possible rezoning of Southern Boulevard in the Bronx after city officials ordered a community engagement workshop shut down last Thursday evening when protests erupted.
Rafael Salamanca said a rezoning slated for his district would be ‘dead on arrival’ if the de Blasio administration did not provide estimates of how many residents and businesses might be displaced.
Councilman Rafael Salamanca, who represents the area, says his biggest concern is the possible displacement of residents and small businesses.
The mayor in 2015 set a goal of rezoning up to 15 neighborhoods in a drive to create more density and more affordable housing. Five rezonings have passed and at least three are likely to move forward in 2019.
‘We have the opportunity to change the course for homeless New Yorkers and those on the brink of homelessness and we need to act now.’
Even people making close to six digits are concerned about losing affordable apartments. And some worried about jobs as much as housing.
The outreach effort precedes a likely rezoning push expected late next year.
The activist turned developer pitched a community land trust based not around collective ownership of affordable housing but private owners with deep roots in gentrifying areas. Not everyone loved the idea.
Advocates from Buffalo to Brownsville and the LES to LA are voicing concerns about displacement. One local group has compiled a menu of policies to fight it.