Community Development: History
Mosholu Preservation Corporation began as a “buyer of last resort” of the community’s most deteriorated housing. It has acquired and rehabilitated five rental apartment buildings containing approximately 160 dwelling units in the blocks immediately surrounding Montefiore’s Moses Division. Using a combination of public and private financing offered by the Community Preservation Corporation and by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, MPC demonstrated there was value in local residential real estate. Through this example and a technical assistance program, MPC encouraged area building owners to reinvest in their properties. MPC continues to own these properties, providing moderate-income housing for the community.
Through a wide range of partnerships, MPC has helped develop a growing number of programs and activities to improve the quality of life in Norwood.
Some of MPC’s most rewarding ventures in the realm of community development have been the products of collaboration with other organizations dedicated to enhancing the fabric of life in the Bronx. MPC
officers currently serve as board members for groups such as the Bronx Tourism Council, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, the Jerome Park Conservancy, the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and the Bronx River Alliance. Working with these and other partners, and using a variety of communication resources including the Norwood News, MPC works to forge a common agenda among Bronx- focused community groups.
These team efforts have allowed for ongoing, or complete renovations and maintenance programs in all six parks in the area, graffiti removal efforts, Adopt-a-Highway campaign, façade improvement programs, workforce capacity building trainings which help to educate and prepare local area residents to compete in the job market, HRA/UBA Employee program, and a security camera installation campaign.
These achievements were the result of the interests of a wide range of actors in the community. Through such partnerships, MPC effectively focuses attention on area problems and provides staff to carry out solutions.