Study calls for development around Bronx Metro North stations

Findings call for connection between densely populated areas and other public transport
August 29, 2014 12:15PM

A Department of City Planning study focused on overhauling underused area around some Metro North stations in the Bronx is calling for a new plan to develop such spots along the waterfront.

The study advocates development around the University Heights and Morris Heights stations that would help area residents more easily access other public transport and the Harlem River, DNAinfo reported. Such spots are currently underutilized despite being located in densely populated areas, the study finds, and are cut off from the rest of the community by highways and other obstructions.

Other spots targeted in the report include Melrose, Tremont, Williams Bridge, Fordham, Morris Park and Parkchester/Van Nest.

The report, which crunched the results of a two-year community engagement process, looks to offer findings toward the goal of creating affordable housing, improving job access and strengthening the overall economy of the Bronx. The borough, according to the DCP, is expected to grow by 14 percent by 2040 — the fastest clip the area has seen since the 1940s. [DNAinfo]Julie Strickland