Economic Development: History
MPC is currently working with four commercial corridors in the Northwest Bronx helping in capacity building and merchant organizing commercial revitalization efforts:
The Kingsbridge Road Merchants Association: Kingsbridge Road from Grand Concourse West to Sedgwick Avenue and Jerome Avenue from 192nd Street to 195th Street.
President: Nancy Fernandez, Divino Pharmacy
Vice President: Christian Ramos, Blue Chus
Treasurer: Carlos Rodriguez, Flowers by Carlos
Secretary: Carmen Valdez, Twin Brothers Day Care
The Kingsbridge Road Merchants Association had its Second Annual Unity in the Community Festival in June 2013. The association is growing larger by the day and the new Kingsbridge National Ice Center being developed in the Kingsbridge Armory, in collaboration with the Merchants Association, will help to propel the commercial corridor to the next level and help to further develop the business district.
The East 204th Street & Bainbridge Merchants Association: Bainbridge Avenue from Van Cortlandt Avenue East to Webster Avenue.
The E 204th Street & Bainbridge Merchants Association hosts its own events such as its annual Summer Streets series, which took place in early August 2013. The streets of the corridor are shut down and the local businesses set up shop right on the street.
The East 233rd Street & White Plains Road Merchants Association: White Plains Road from 230th Street at the southern end to 236th Street on the northern end, and 233rd Street from Bronx Boulevard on the west, to Barnes Avenue on the east.
With a Montefiore Medical Center location just down the street, MPC has visions of starting small and working our way outward. We plan to rebuild the merchants association by garnering the support of local merchants, elected officials, the community board and other area stakeholders.
Webster Avenue: Webster Avenue between East Gun Hill Road and East 199th Street
Formal Membership Body TBD
MPC plans to organize a committee which will aid in the development of a formal Merchants Association. The formally incorporated Merchants Association will aid in the development of Webster Avenue, but also protect the small businesses owners already located on the Avenue.