In 1997, Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council (now Mid-Bronx Council) opened a “one-stop” Family Preservation Center in the lower lobby of The Andrew Freedman Home located at 1125 Grand Concourse – Bronx, NY 10452. Here, they provide key support services, alongside quality, affordable child care. In 2004, MBSCC opened the first of two community technology centers to help bridge the “digital divide” in this area by offering computer literacy training to residents. The second technology center opened in 2005.
MBSCC was the lead organizer for the local movement that advocated for resident inclusion in the planning for the new Yankee Stadium, the new waterfront retail center called the Bronx Gateway Center and the new Bronx Criminal Court, resulting in many community amenities, such as green spaces, improved air quality, funding for a new child care center and the creation of more local jobs. Community stakeholder participation was mandatory to ensure that long time residents and local businesses were not displaced, but well integrated into these revitalization projects and MBC played a key role in the outcome.
As part of these efforts, MBSCC along with the 161st St. Merchants Association, successfully concluded a ten-year effort to create a 161st Street Business Improvement District (BID), the city’s 51st BID and only the sixth BID in the Bronx.