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Ivy City Small Area Plan

Ivy City is a historically Black neighborhood located in Ward 5. The neighborhood includes a mix of commercial and industrial sites and smaller scale residential units. Ivy City is one of three anticipated focus areas of the larger New York Avenue Vision Framework study. The neighborhood is adjacent to the New York Avenue corridor which has already seen new development.

The Ivy City Small Area Plan (SAP) will consider how the future growth and redevelopment of large sites along New York Avenue will impact the existing residential area in terms of access, displacement, and economic impact. The Ivy City SAP will be developed through a collaborative planning process. Using a racial equity lens, the Ivy City SAP will explore opportunities and recommendations to advance the following:

  • Advance racial equity by understanding and respond to the ways Black and vulnerable residents have been impacted by land use and environmental decisions in the past and mitigate future impacts
  • Create guiding principles for active streets, open spaces and park environments that improve resident accessibility and pedestrian comfort and safety and contribute to community resiliency. 
  • Develop strategies, recommendations, and designs that improve the pedestrian experience of the street frontage throughout the site, and better integrate new development into the existing neighborhood.
  • Develop strategies to mitigate resident displacement and improve access to quality housing, especially affordable housing, in the community.
  • Develop strategies that protect and improve community health outcomes and strengthen community resilience to climate impacts.