Brownfield Opportunity Area Grant - The Loral Site

Client: South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
Faculty: Kei Hayashi and Steven Jacobs
Team: Alexandra Derian, Erik Howard George, Alan Lightfeldt, Sumaila Palla, Abigail Pick
Year: 2013

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the South Bronx through social and economic revitalization strategies targeted at low-income communities. In an effort to redevelop 48-acres of underutilized and contaminated parcels of land in the Soundview section of the Bronx, SoBRO tasked the Capstone team with preparing a pre-nomination report for New York State's Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) community visioning planning grant. The grant will allow SoBRO to better understand the opportunities and challenges of redeveloping this post-industrial section of the Bronx. The Capstone team conducted extensive data collection, site analyses, and stakeholder outreach to produce an existing conditions report with recommendations for the highest and best use of vacant land in the study area. Based on the findings, the Capstone team also created a preliminary site design of the area.