A day delayed because of the snow storm, on Thursday the City Council overwhelmingly approved the Jerome Avenue rezoning. As part of the agreement to rezone the 92-block area on Jerome between 165th Street and 184th Street and build 4,000 new privately owned residential apartments, Councilmembers Vanessa Gibson and Fernando Cabrera negotiated a capital investment of $189 million to be used for affordable housing, schools, and to help local auto shops relocate.
While the Council supported the decision, some Bronxites rallied at the Council chambers to protest the rezoning.
Both Councilmembers will appear on BronxTalk on BronxNet on Monday night to talk in detail with host Gary Axelbank about the rezoning plan.
After the vote, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. released a statement that read, in part:
“With today’s vote, the City Council has secured a positive future for the Jerome Avenue corridor that is inclusive of the area’s current residents and does not leave the people of The Bronx behind.
The people of The Bronx are not opposed to improvement. However, the rezoning of the Jerome Avenue corridor must work for everyone. The agreements that have been secured by my office and the City Council will help do just that and I look forward to working with the administration to begin the implementation of the initiatives and programs they have agreed to provide.
To start, the city should begin the work of preserving existing units of at-risk affordable housing within Community Boards #4 and #5. In February my office issued a report that identifies the units that should be preserved and kept affordable within those community boards, and the city should begin to direct resources towards these units to help preserve affordability within the Jerome Avenue corridor.”
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