Melrose Commons is an urban renewal area comprising 30 blocks anchored around Melrose Avenue and East 161st Street in the Bronx. Working with the local community group Nos Quedamos, MAP MAP created a master plan that reflects the vision of the community and its future.
The overall objectives of the plan are:
- Craft a plan that causes no involuntary displacement of the existing community;
- Distribute open space into a system that responds to the community’s concerns for neighborhood scale and security;
- Respect the street pattern and circulation systems within the community;
- Provide community services, recreational facilities, health care centers and commercial opportunities that are currently not available, and to reinforce those that currently exist;
- Develop 2,000 new housing units of a variety of types, both ownership and rental; and
- Propose development that is sustainable, complements the existing infrastructure and the community’s regional location, and provides for future growth and evolution
As planners, we worked closely with Nos Quedamos and city agencies to shepherd this new plan through the ULURP approval process. MAP subsequently designed and built over 15 buildings in the plan. Melrose Commons received the first Stage II Silver LEED-ND certification in the New York State, and MAP was awarded an AIA New York City Housing Design Award for their work in Melrose Commons.