Petr Stand, a Principal at Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC was the co-chair for the Housing, Open Space and Urban Design Working Group of the Bronx Center, a community based, multi-disciplinary planning project. The project encompassed a 300-block area in the southern portion of the borough roughly bounded between East 147th Street to East 165th Street, and between the Harlem River and St. Ann’s Avenue. With community participation an essential component in planning and with the leadership of the Urban Assembly, the project integrated housing, open space and urban design with economic development, human services, education, and transportation into a comprehensive plan for the revitalization of the civic core of the Bronx.
The Bronx Center project was sponsored by the Office of the Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, at the time, and chaired by Richard Kahan of the Urban Assembly. Other participants included Municipal Art Society, Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development, Consumer Farmer Foundation, Parks Council, Hostos Community College, the Institute for Urban Family Health, City University Urban Transportation Research Institute, Community Boards 1-4, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, as well as hundreds of Bronx residents.