Jerome Avenue Revitalization Collaborative

Overview

In response to the largest rezoning in the history of New York City, spanning across 93 blocks across the Jerome Avenue corridor in the Bronx, JobsFirstNYC is working with three community districts and more than 50 stakeholders to launch a partnership that will prepare current employers and workers for incoming economic development and potential zoning related impacts, increase the education and employment attainment of local residents and advocate for a diversity of quality businesses among current and future employers. The design of this partnership is funded in part by the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative through Children’s Aid Society.

The Challenge

The Jerome Avenue Corridor has long been a hub for the automotive repair industry. The area’s rezoning plan, which was proposed by Mayor De Blasio and approved by the City Council in 2018, stands to drastically change the economic opportunities available to local residents.

36%

OF RESIDENTS SPEND MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR INCOME ON RENT

40%

OF NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 25

74,000

RESIDENTS SPEAK LITTLE ENGLISH, AND ANOTHER 55,000 DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH AT ALL

Approach

The Jerome Avenue Revitalization Collaborative seeks to bring about inclusive economic growth and sustainability for local residents, employers, and workers affected by the Jerome Avenue rezoning. The collaborative has identified a three pronged strategy:

1) An Employer Facing Network that partners with developers, employers and partners to provide local residents with direct referrals to jobs

2) A Local Business Hub for employers that provides local business owners and employers with access to business development and support specific to their needs

3) Create Access to Grants for low-income residents to complete educational and workforce development training

Impact

In 2018 and 2019, we completed the Investigation and Imagine phases of the partnership. We expect to launch the initiative in 2020.

Related Publications

Jerome Avenue Points of Agreement

The Jerome Avenue Revitalization, led by JobsfirstNYC, is convening more than 50 local stakeholders to implement a community-led approach to the rezoning efforts in the...

JobsFirstNYC Testifies at Jerome Ave. Rezoning Hearing

Testimony of JobsFirstNYC at the New York City Planning Commission Public Hearing regarding Jerome Avenue Rezoning on November 29, 2017 delivered by Sherazade Langlade, Vice...

Bronx Borough Pres Says Yes with Conditions to Jerome Ave Rezoning

On Monday morning, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. voted in favor of the Department of City Planning’s proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning with conditions. The...

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