Affordable Housing and Revitalizing Melrose
You'll learn about:
The recent history of the South Bronx (Melrose) from the 1970s through the present day
Public-private partnerships and housing development in New York
Brownfield redevelopment and sustainability in affordable housing.
Take an Uptown train to the now-thriving Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx, devastated by New York’s fiscal crisis of the 1970s. The tour will focus on how developing affordable housing helped revitalize the neighborhood, which saw most of its original housing stock damaged by arson during the fiscal crisis and eventually razed by the city. (By the 1980s the neighborhood had decayed severely, and vacant buildings and tracts of rubble-strewn parcels had become commonplace.) The mid-1990s saw the start of efforts by the city and others to redevelop properties, and today the Melrose neighborhood provides a powerful example of community revitalization. Led by planners, developers and environmental professionals familiar with Melrose, this tour will stop at the sites of several large mixed-use affordable housing developments and include a discussion of each.
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Confirmed SpeakerPatrick Blanchfield is a Senior Technical Director at AKRF, Inc in New York City. Prior to working at AKRF, Inc, he was the Executive Director of Environmental Planning at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), where he helped to streamline the agency’s environmental review staff and processes. Prior to joining HPD, Patrick was a Senior Project Manager in the NYC Department of City Planning’s Environmental Review and Assessment Division. Before joining New York City government, he was a planner at the Louis Berger Group and held positions on municipal and county planning boards in New Jersey. He has overseen the preparation, review, and approval of environmental documents for residential and commercial projects throughout New York City, including large-scale redevelopment proposals. As part of New York City’s response to Superstorm Sandy, he led the preparation of wetland permitting documents and coastal erosion hazard variances for state approvals of reconstruction at storm-damaged residential properties. As an environmental planner, Mr. Blanchfield has performed technical, environmental planning work ranging from noise monitoring/modeling and bicycle/pedestrian studies to extensive environmental analysis under NEPA, SEQR and CEQR.
, NYC Dept of Housing Preservation & Development
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