Vision 1 Goal
As the city’s population continues to grow, neighborhoods require essential services, healthy environments, a good quality of life, and connections to the city’s job centers for residents to succeed. In 2015, OneNYC proposed initiatives that expand opportunities for mixed-use development, attract retail and services to underserved neighborhoods, and align investments in infrastructure and services to support the livability of neighborhoods slated for growth. In the last year, the City has continued its work supporting vibrant communities and strengthening neighborhoods in all five boroughs.
Awarded over $8.5 million over three years to fund commercial district improvement projects
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) awarded over $8.5 million in multi-year Neighborhood 360° grants in the six neighborhoods where Commercial District Needs Assessments (CDNAs) were completed and published in late 2016: Downtown Flushing, Downtown Staten Island, East Harlem, East New York, Inwood, and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. Eleven community-based organizations received funding commitments through FY 2020 to hire full-time program managers and to implement projects identified within the CDNAs, including supplementary sanitation, business assistance and retention, merchant organizing, wayfinding, beautification, district marketing, and holiday lighting.
Offered free design and media services to support neighborhood development
SBS also launched the Neighborhood Design Lab, a new City program offering free visual design services to community-based organizations leading neighborhood development and commercial corridor improvements. Additionally, SBS launched a new partnership with BRIC Arts & Media to provide community-based organizations with training in capturing and producing short digital videos for use on social media in order to expand their outreach to local stakeholders and build awareness of their work to help with future private fundraising.
Allocated more than $700 million to support projects in growing neighborhoods
Since April 2017, the City Planning Commission and City Council adopted comprehensive neighborhood plans for Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, East Harlem in Manhattan, and Downtown Far Rockaway in Queens. The plans introduce zoning and land use changes to promote preservation and development of affordable housing, improve the public realm and community facilities, and foster jobs and economic opportunity. Additionally, commitments have been made for more than $700 million in infrastructure and community resource investments in these neighborhoods, including $300 million from the Neighborhood Development Fund (NDF). Created in 2015, the NDF is a $1 billion dedicated funding source set aside in the City’s Ten-Year Capital Strategy to support capital investments that complement neighborhood growth.