Urban Quotient

Bronx Tow Pound Swap Project

Large-Scale Urban Design and Planning Study
Mott Haven - Bronx, NY

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Community Visioning Session

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Engagement Toolkits on Site Use

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UNCC Student Proposal - New NYPD Tow Pound Facility

The NYPD’s Bronx Tow Pound exists on a 4.2 acre, under-utilized parcel of land between the Mott Haven residential neighborhood and Port Morris. UQ has developed a proposal to facilitate a land swap between this site, located in a more residential area, and a nearby parcel in the industrial zone south of the Bruckner Expressway. UQ conducted a planning study and zoning analysis for both parcels, which has the potential of netting over 700 affordable housing units, 93,500 square feet of commercial space, and provide the NYPD with an efficient and state-of-the-art tow pound facility on a new site. Our initial urban design scheme was presented to elected officials and city agencies which concluded with a positive response and a plan to move the project further towards development. UQ is now coordinating with Hester Street Collaborative to facilitate community visioning sessions with residents of Mott Haven. This community feedback and input will guide us as we develop an updated proposal that will serve as the basis for further discussions and negotiations with the city over the final development plan. The firm has also partnered with the UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture on a multi-year graduate design studio that will research planning and design possibilities for the project to be compiled into a publication.