Melrose Community Meeting This Thursday To Discuss Findings of WHEDco & Bronx Health Reach Community Survey

Bronx Commons rendering and future home of Bronx Musical Heritage Center.
Bronx Commons rendering and future home of Bronx Musical Heritage Center.

WHEDco and Bronx Health Reach invites you, on Thursday, September 25th from 5:30PM – 7:00PM at DreamYard Project located at 1085 Washington Avenue (at 165th Street), to learn about the findings of the survey and give feedback on their findings.

As many Melrose residents and those who work here may recall, last year from Fall ’13 to Spring ’14 WHEDco and Bronx Health Reach conducted a survey which collected data from 1,000 people who live and or work within Melrose Zip Codes of 10451, 10455 and 10456.  The survey asked many questions from health issues to safety to what types of amenities the community would like to see in the area.

Melrose is the fastest growing neighborhood in The Bronx with well over 4,000 units of housing constructed in less than 10 years and several thousand more units are planned and about to break ground.  One of such developments will be WHEDco’s and Blue Sea Development Company’s 360,000+ square foot, ‘Bronx Commons‘ a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development which will also house The Bronx Musical Heritage Center which is currently over on Louis Niñé Boulevard by Freeman.

According to WHEDco, this is their most ambitious project to date and will feature 270 units of low and middle income affordable housing as well as permanent home of The Bronx Musical Heritage Center, an important organization which celebrates and preserves the rich musical history of our beautiful borough.

To that end, the organization wants to know what are the issues impacting Melrose as well as what residents and stakeholders in the community want to see in their neighborhood.  According to some of the results we’ve reviewed, the most common types of businesses that respondents to the survey would like to see are:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Vendors
  • Entertainment (Movies/Arcarde)
  • Indoor Fitness/Gym
  • Cultural Institution (Performance space, museum)
  • Community center/social service organization

Also high on the list of the many questions asked on the survey, which residents indicated concern with, were housing issues such as affordable housing, as well as concerns about health, and employment.

Please come to this important meeting about our community’s future, your voice is IMPORTANT!


Join your neighbors and friends on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 5:30PM – 7PM to hear and give feedback on the findings around housing, health, youth education, childcare, the arts, jobs etc. on the 2014 Melrose Community Needs Survey!  1,000 community members did the survey (10451, 10455, 10456). Come find out what they said!

When: Thu, Sept. 25, 2014, 5:30pm – 7pm

Where: DreamYard Project, 1085 Washington Ave, Bronx, NY 10456 (BX 6, 15, 21, 32, 35, 41, Metro-North – Melrose)

Amenities: Refreshments and childcare provided. All are welcome to attend!

Come share your ideas and input, and join a team to address key issues identified. On behalf of WHEDco and Bronx Health REACH, thanks in advance! Register HERE( or call Tom (WHEDco) for more info: 718-839-1196. Otherwise, see you on Thu., 9/25 at 5:30pm!


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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.