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On May 20, 2021, Hip Hop legends Nas, LL Cool J, Chuck D, Fat Joe, Naughty by Nature, Grandmaster Flash, Slick Rick, EPMD among other hip-hop luminaries as well as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, City Council Member Diana Ayala, and other city officials took part in the official groundbreaking event for the first phase of Bronx Point.
Bronx Point’s first phase will deliver 542 units of permanently affordable housing to the Lower Concourse neighborhood, along with approximately 2.8 acres of public open space. Additionally, the project will deliver an array of cultural and community-focused programming, including the permanent home of the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, an early-childhood space run by BronxWorks, and outdoor science programming run by the Billion Oyster Project.
The event, which also served as the official launch of the Universal Hip Hop Museum’s capital campaign, featured remarks from representatives of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, Empire State Development Corporation, New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Bronx Community Board #4, Wells Fargo, and BronxWorks.
The $349 million mixed-use project along the Harlem River waterfront in the South Bronx is being developed by L+M Development Partners and Type A Projects.
While everyone at the event was celebrating the beginning of construction, workers outside were protesting against working conditions on job sites run by L+M Development Partners.