The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. (SoBRO) announced that it has hired a replacement for its longtime director Philip Morrow, who retired last March. Steven Brown, who has spent his whole career running nonprofits geared towards affordable housing and job training, was named president and CEO of the organization this month.
Capitalizing on a wave of tourism in the South Bronx, Brooks plans to turn his three-story, brick neo-Grec townhouse, which was built in 1889, into a “Decorator’s Show House” next summer, so people can get a sense of the area’s rich history.
Critics contend that the city’s announcement earlier this summer that it wants to sell a building in Port Morris to developers for $14.3 million shows that the mayor’s vow to preserve manufacturing jobs is insincere.
A handful of protesters beat drums and held up protest signs in front of the offices of SoBRO, demonstrating against what they say is the organization’s cozy relationship with developers and contributing to gentrification in the South Bronx.