Community Project Funding and Transportation Member-designated project submissions

The following Community Project Funding requests for Fiscal Year 2022 were submitted by Rep. Adriano Espaillat to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations. Submission to the committee does not guarantee a project will be funded. Information regarding which requests were selected for funding by the committee will be announced as soon as it is available. Projects are listed alphabetically.

Project name: ARC Community Kitchen
Requestor name: ARC XVI, FT. Washington, Inc.
Requestor address: 4111 Broadway, New York, NY 10033
Amount requested: $400,000
Project/Request location: 516 West 181 Street, New York, NY 10033
Project summary: The funding would be used to build a new kitchen for the ARC XVI Fort Washington Senior Center, which is being relocated to 516 West 181 Street, New York, NY 10033. The build-out of the new space does not include the kitchen. For the past 48 years ARC has provided home-cooked meals from our community kitchen for older adults 60+. They have also cooked take-home meals for seniors who are unable to leave their homes. In addition, they will expand to serving breakfasts, as well as continuing their weekly food pantry. The kitchen in their previous space has been used as a classroom to teach seniors to prepare nutritionally sound meals that require limited cooking, to support the desire of older adults to remain healthy and independent in the community.
 
Project name: Bronx Digital Equity Coalition
Requestor name: The Bronx Foundation, Inc.
Requestor address: 557 Grand Concourse, Suite 3 #125, Bronx, NY 10451
Amount requested: $650,000
Project/Request location: same as requestor
Project summary: The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted significant disparities in the education, health, and wellbeing of Bronx residents. Technology and connectivity were problematic before the pandemic began. Limited access during the pandemic exacerbated issues of equity and inclusion, specifically in the areas of economic growth and education. Almost 40% of Bronx residents still do not have access to high-speed internet. This project will establish and build the capacity of The Bronx Digital Equity Coalition (BDEC), a community-led and owned model to build broadband infrastructure. An investment in broadband will drive recovery not only during emergence from COVID-19, but position Bronx neighborhoods well into the future. Grant funds will cover assessment activities and partnership cultivation. BDEC will be an independent entity with its own legal structure and include representation from residents with the goal of preserving and enhancing community digital infrastructure.
Statement of no financial interest (certification).
 
Project name: Bronx Recovery Corps at Lehman College
Requestor name: Lehman College, City University of New York
Requestor address: 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10468
Amount requested: $250,000
Project/Request location: same as requestor
Project summary: The Bronx Recovery Corps at Lehman College (BRC) in its pilot semester of operation has matched 36 Lehman College students with small businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions to assist with the economic recovery of the Bronx due to COVID-19. BRC student fellows earn a living wage of $17/hr. for 10 hours per week, contribute to the Bronx community recovery, and are enrolled in a course that allows them to earn academic credit and progress towards graduation. BRC Fellows learn about existing industries & organizations in the Bronx, gain valuable career skills, such as teamwork, communication, leadership, problem solving/critical thinking, and cultural fluency. This request will support 25 students with part-time wages for the next academic year as they support the economic recovery and revitalization in the Bronx due to COVID-19, a BRC coordinator to administer the program to 50 students, ongoing workshops, virtual programming and additional summer internships that would occur before the end of FY2022. When taxpayers support higher education programs, college education becomes more attainable for students. By connecting students’ academic progress to training and a Bronx Recovery Corps fellowship, Lehman College is building a network of employers and trained and well-qualified students who will be equipped with the soft skills to obtain gainful employment upon graduation, stay employed in the Bronx and contribute to the economic recovery of this great borough.
Statement of no financial interest (certification).
 
Project name: Charles B. Rangel Center for Infrastructure Workforce Training
Requestor name: City College of New York, City University of New York
Requestor address: 160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031
Amount requested: $1,500,000
Project/Request location: same as requestor
Project summary: The Charles B. Rangel Center for Infrastructure Workforce Training will train for construction and operations across multiple infrastructures – transport, energy, communications, water and wastewater, food, health in built environments – with emphasis on digital skills for advanced forms of project management, system supervisory control and operations management. Experiential and simulation-based curriculum developed with industry stakeholders, extensive lab and remote-learning use of computers, smart phones, digital tools and apps. Coverage of GIS, BIM, SCADA, sensors and sensor arrays, working with data, AI and robotics. Community-based recruitment of trainees. Multi-media learning to facilitate the success of nonacademic learners. Focus on both entry-level positions and career paths. Opportunities for continuing work-study through CCNY programs. The Center addresses our country’s and region’s vast and diverse infrastructure needs using 21st-century tools and methods. The basic objective of the Center is to train and prepare women and men of underserved communities for meaningful jobs and lifelong careers.
Statement of no financial interest (certification).
 
Project name: CLOTH Food Pantry Reimagined
Requestor name: Community League of the Heights Inc. (CLOTH)
Requestor address: 500 West 159th St, New York , NY 10032
Amount requested: $740,000
Project/Request location: 508 West 159th St, New York , NY 10032
Project summary: This request is for the physical expansion of CLOTH’s existing Food Pantry. Our current Pantry will be upgraded, expanded, and re-engineered to better serve our community. The new pantry will be a short-term emergency food-based distribution facility and a long-term center to address the root causes of the food insecurity. They will increase the square footage of the Pantry by 15%. Additional space will give room to add more refrigerators and freezers to store more fruit, vegetables and meat. In addition, new shelving will be installed to accommodate more packaged food.
Statement of no financial interest (certification).
 
Project name: Columbia COVID-19 Northern Manhattan Community Mental Wellness Corps 
Requestor name: Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Requestor address: 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032
Amount requested: $750,000
Project/Request location: same as requestor
Project summary: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on residents of the 13th Congressional district.  Higher rates of mental disorders have worsened gaps in mental health services for vulnerable communities. It is critical to increase access to timely, effective, culturally relevant mental health care among community members.  The Columbia COVID-19 Northern Manhattan Community Mental Wellness Corps (CmwC) will address this mental health disparities crisis in Northern Manhattan and parts of the Bronx by building capacity and increasing community employment opportunities, either directly or through addressing the community mental health needs. Informed by our work in Harlem, Washington Heights, Inwood, and low-resource settings in the US and abroad, CmwC will provide training and increase access to mental health services by partnering with churches and trusted community-based organizations. Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry is the #1 ranked psychiatry program in New York State, making us ideally suited to lead this project. CmwC will create model of community-based mental health service delivery replicable in other distressed communities in the US.
Statement of no financial interest (certification).
 
Project name: Mission Society: Level Up
Requestor name: NYC Mission Society
Requestor address: 646 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
Amount requested: $1,114,000
Project/Request location: various locations
Project summary: Level Up programs serve as a key component of New York City’s effort to reduce the high school drop-out rate, and prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce. This is especially true for English Language Learners, who already struggle with additional educational obstacles as they adapt to life in a new country and negotiate new cultural and social environments. The Mission Society’s Level Up program offers 1,800 over-age and under-credited high school students with academic persistence, career exposure, paid internship, college access, mental health, and leadership development services. This holistic approach addresses both academic and non-academic barriers to graduation, ensuring students are motivated to complete their diploma and understand the opportunities available to them in the future.
 
Project name: Montefiore School Health Program (MSHP): Telehealth Connected Care Hubs
Requestor name: Montefiore Medical Center
Requestor address: 111 East 210th Street, Bronx, NY 10467
Amount requested: $3,351,144 (submitted in coordination with other members of Congress)
Project/Request location: various locations
Project summary: Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) proposes Telehealth Connected Care (TCC), a transformative program that addresses the future of health care delivery as well as the COVID-19-disrupted health process by increasing access to health care for patients and their families in the most affected, high-need areas of the Bronx, New York. MMC will add stable broadband connectivity, bandwidth, and WIFI capacity to a comprehensive and integrated system of health care settings at the Montefiore School Health Program (MSHP), the largest full-service school-based network in the country which serves over 42,000 students. It aims to expand service connections for patients in the school community for uninterrupted care access; extend services to their families; link siblings and adults to the nearest MMC ambulatory site; and expand families’ connection to the provision of social service needs (e.g., food, jobs, housing, legal issues).
Statement of no financial interest (certification).
 
Project name: NYUL Building Renovation
Requestor name: New York Urban League
Requestor address: 204 West 136th Street, New York, NY, 10030
Amount requested: $1,739,440
Project/Request location: same as requestor
Project summary: NYUL is seeking support to maintain full ownership of its historic building in Central Harlem. Funds will be used to fully renovate this 110-year-old building including the restoration of the façade, replacement of the roof, upgrading the HVAC and electrical systems. The resulting space will feature programmatic spaces, meeting rooms, and training rooms and a Small Business Development Center which will incubate new businesses and foster new jobs in emerging industries.
Statement of no financial interest (certification).
 
Project name: Weisberg Commons renovation
Requestor name: Yeshiva University
Requestor address: 500 West 185th Street, New York, NY 10033
Amount requested: $1,000,000
Project/Request location: 2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10033
Project summary: Yeshiva University proposes the renovation of Weissberg Commons, a multipurpose events space located on the ground floor of 2495 Amsterdam Avenue in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The project is anticipated to provide critical structural upgrades to the space and modernize audiovisual equipment utilized in both academic and public-facing events, extending the useful life of the space and providing an improved experience for visitors.
Statement of no financial interest (certification).
 
The following Member-designated project requests were submitted by Rep. Adriano Espaillat to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for inclusion in the federal surface transportation reauthorization bill. Submission to the committee does not guarantee a project will be funded. Information on which requests were selected for funding by the committee will be announced as soon as that information becomes available. Projects are listed alphabetically.
 
Project name: Inwood 10th Avenue Safety Improvements
Project sponsor: New York City Department of Transportation
Project location: 10th Avenue from Nagle Avenue to West 218th Street, and Dyckman Street, New York, NY.
Amount requested: $11,203,000
Project summary: This project is comprised of eight sites in both the Inwood and Fort George neighborhoods. In Inwood, there are five sites located along 10th Avenue, from Nagle Avenue to West 218th Street. There are additional two sites on Dyckman Street, one at the intersection of Dyckman Street and Harlem River Drive, and the second at Dyckman Street and Nagle Avenue. In Fort George, there will be several improvements constructed at the intersection of Fort George Hill, Fort George Ave, and St. Nicholas Avenue. The project has multiple sites along six critical intersections in Inwood and Fort George that will receive design interventions such as curb extensions, sidewalk widenings, slip lane closures and expanded public space to ensure a calmer, safer streetscape. In addition to these targeted intersections, this project will also build out bus bulbs at eight bus stop facilities along the M100 bus route along 10th Avenue and along Dyckman Street, which will establish a safer and more efficient public transit user experience. Finally, this project will implement El-Space urban design treatments along the 10th Avenue and Nagel Avenue corridors, where the 1 train runs elevated above the street.
 
Project name: Reconstruction of Grand Concourse Phase 5
Project sponsor: New York City Department of Transportation
Project location: Grand Concourse from East Fordham Road to East 198th Street, Bronx, NY.
Amount requested: $10,012,000
Project summary: The fifth phase of the reconstruction of the Grand Concourse will extend a suite of capital improvements to the corridor from East Fordham Road (the northern limit of Phase 4) to East 198th Street. The Phase 5 project area contains two Vision Zero Priority Corridors – the Concourse itself and East Kingsbridge Road – and exhibits a quantifiable need for safety improvements. Within the project limits, 15.8 persons were killed or severely injured per mile from 2012 to 2016, ranking these segments in the top third of all Bronx corridors during that period. The Phase 5 project scope includes resurfacing of the main line and extensive reconstruction of both the service roads and medians on Grand Concourse between East Fordham Road and East 198th Street. A series of raised, planted medians and other enhancements will be implemented on the Concourse, including pedestrian safety islands on the main line, grade-separated bicycle facilities, stop-controlled slip lanes, bollards, and standard street lighting. Additional pedestrian safety infrastructure will be constructed at select locations off of the Concourse – on East Kingsbridge Road and Valentine Avenue – including curb extensions, new sidewalks, and pedestrian refuge islands. This package of improvements will bring Grand Concourse to a state of good repair, address the corridor’s unsafe roadway conditions, reduce travel delays, and greatly improve livability for the residents of several disadvantaged neighborhoods adjacent to the project limits.
 
Project name: Safe Routes to School - Bronx 
Project sponsor: New York City Department of Transportation
Project location: Various locations in the Bronx (see summary)
Amount requested: $1,682,000
Project summary: This project will enhance pedestrian accessibility, connectivity and safety around four schools in the Bronx: P.S 85, P.S/I.S. 218, P.S. 307 and Rosalyn Yalow Charter school. The project will create a safer, more accessible, environment for pedestrians, particularly school-aged children, by shortening street crossing distances, expanding public space, and calming vehicular traffic. The project will include redesign of intersections including sidewalk, curb, median tip extensions, new turning lanes, bench and fence replacements. This project is located in several neighborhoods which have been overlooked and under-resourced historically, improving safety, equity, and environmental justice.
 
Project name: Safe Routes to School - Manhattan 
Project sponsor: New York City Department of Transportation
Project location: Various locations in Northern Manhattan (see summary)
Amount requested: $3,643,000
Project summary: This project will enhance pedestrian safety, connectivity and accessibility around seven school zones: P.S. 92 / P.S. 275, P.S. 83; New Design Middle and KIPP Infinity Charter School (was previously named I.S. 195); P.S. 153, P.S. 128, and P.S. 4. The proposed scope of improvements mainly includes median tip and curb extensions, full neckdowns, and pedestrian safety islands. 
 
Project name: Williams Bridge Station Renewal
Project sponsor: MTA-Metro North
Project location: 402 Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY 10467
Amount requested: $15 million
Project summary: The funding is designated for Station Renewal at Williams Bridge located on the Harlem Line in the Bronx. It includes accessibility improvements (new elevators) and platform replacement. Station work also includes customer amenities (customer information enhancements, etc.). The project is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars and is anticipated to improve accessibility at the Williams Bridge Station by building 2 new elevators and 2 new stairs. It will also bring the Williams Bridge Station to a state of good repair along with Customer Service Initiatives Improvements (PA, Customer Information signs, security cameras).
Statement of no financial interest (certification).