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The New York City Economic Development Corporation is seeking proposals for the development and management of a 45,000-square-foot recreational and community facility in the Bronx. Ideally, the facility would bring a boost to the economy and community in general.
Located at 1250 East 229th Street in the Edenwald area, the structure is set to improve the quality of life for residents of Edenwald and the surrounding neighborhoods. The site is close to several public housing developments including Edenwald Houses, the largest New York City Housing development in the Bronx.
The NYCEDC expects plans for a gymnasium, play areas, community gathering spaces and more, as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC) plan. OneNYC establishes targets for a “strong, sustainable, resilient, and equitable city.”
NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer said the facility will be a positive addition to the neighborhood.
“This new recreational facility is an exciting opportunity to improve the quality of life of members of the Edenwald community, and it’s a great example of the de Blasio Administration’s commitment to building strong and equitable neighborhoods in all five boroughs,” she said.
New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie echoed that sentiment.
“Today the City of New York heard [our] voices. This new facility will help bring families and friends closer together and provide our children a safe atmosphere to learn and grow,” he said.
The Bronx has faced unique growth challenges over the last decade. From 2007 to 2012, median incomes decreased between 2 and 14 percent in areas throughout the borough, and in 2013, more than 56 percent of Bronx households reported incomes of less than $39,300 per year.
Currently, housing in the Bronx is considered the most affordable in New York City, in line with its depressed median income levels. Data from DNAInfo revealed that residents of the Bronx working 40 hours a week would need to earn an hourly wage of at least $21.26/hr to reach the forecasted median rent.
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