New York City – Mott Haven and Port Morris CLT

Source: South Bronx Unite,
Location New York City
Name Mott Haven and Port Morris CLT
Community Level Street / Neighborhood
Sector Urban Regeneration, Cooperative Housing
Year of beginning 2016
Who started the initiative (NGO, public administration, association) Citizens
Object The community land trust (CLT) seeks to put into practice what South Bronx Unite has been pushing the state and city to do since 2012: involve the community in the development of public spaces and let Bronx residents have a say in what happens to their neighborhood.The CLT is indeed a tool to strike back against decades of environmental abuse in the area that’s been brought on by power plants, waste transfer stations, and companies like FreshDirect whose new distribution plant, Dissent Magazine notes, will add 1,000 truck trips per day to an area already choked with air pollution.

The Community Land Trust, a nonprofit where a group of people own and manage land, will help to empower residents of Mott Haven and Port Morris to have a say in the use of the neighborhoods’ underutilized space.

If the organization has already formed the Community Land Trust, it has yet to acquire any properties—however, it has its eyes on two city-owned vacant sites. Under the CLT, development on sites it owns would have to be led or approved by members of the trust.


Finally, the Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Trust has sought to put pressure on real-estate interests entering the neighborhood (including Somerset Partners, Carnegie Management, and Savanna) with their Statement of Principles for Private Development. The statement addresses eight points: jobs, housing, environmental justice, community art, community cohesiveness, local economic development, health equity, and public-private projects. It notably calls on private developers to support the Waterfront Plan, a community-designed plan to provide public green space and waterfront access to Bronx residents.

Field Urban
Source Zoe Rosenberg,”These award-winning proposals will tackle the city’s public space inequity”, Curbed New York, 2017

Raven Rakia, “Who Benefits from Public Land in the Bronx?” Dissent Magazine, 2016


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Added: 8.06.18