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stakeholder engagement / urban design / revitalization / streetscape / brownfield opportunity area plan / site design

Location / The Bronx, NY

Client / NYSDOS / SoBRO

Status / Ongoing

Collaborators / AKRF

MUD Workshop is currently working with AKRF on the Lower Concourse Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) – Step III study to create a waterfront access and pedestrian improvements plan and to propose improvements at key traffic nodes in the study area which will connect upland districts to new development in the Special Harlem River Waterfront District.


The Lower Concourse BOA is primarily comprised of industrial uses interspersed with small areas of residential and commercial uses and a few significant community facilities. The area is characterized by large-scale transportation infrastructure elements that traverse and fragment the neighborhood and waterfront. Major transportation infrastructure features include the Grand Concourse, the Major Deegan Expressway, the Metro-North Railroad right-of-way and its associated rail yards and sizable parking facilities. 

These elements, together with the industrial uses, create an unfavorable pedestrian environment and impede the efficient flow of traffic between the waterfront area, new proposed development in the Special Harlem River Waterfront District and upland neighborhoods.


Improvements to traffic nodes at 138th Street – Major Deegan Expressway and Bruckner Boulevard – Lincoln Avenue will provide safe pedestrian and bike connections to the Harlem River waterfront and to existing network of bikeways.

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