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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 15:21

Residents, Workers Protest Southern Boulevard Rezoning Study

Written by Alex Mitchell, Bronx Times
Left to right: Banana Kelly’s Improvement Association director of Organizing Gregory Jost and The Southern Boulevard Coalition’s Megan Khan and Dalyla Santiago. Left to right: Banana Kelly’s Improvement Association director of Organizing Gregory Jost and The Southern Boulevard Coalition’s Megan Khan and Dalyla Santiago. Silvio Pacifico

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“The issue isn’t that we oppose local investments, we need local investments,” said Dalyla Santiago, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice leader at the rally.

 

“There are easy solutions to these issues like real community input and involvement, but the city speeds through the process and doesn’t focus attention or investment where it could matter the most,” she continued mentioning that it’s imperative for DCP to slow down and rethink its procedure with the study and potential rezoning.

 

Although, according to DCP, “the study will allow the city to coordinate across all agencies and use every tool at its disposal to protect tenants.”

 

“The city will work closely with local organizations to conduct extensive landlord outreach to keep existing homes affordable and make repairs. The city will make targeted code inspections to identify and address distressed properties,” DCP Southern Boulevard study documents stated.

 

There is no firm timetable yet for a DCP verdict on the corridor yet.

 

We thank the Bronx Times for reprint permission.


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