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South Bronx waterfront redesign on hold as organizers wait on millions from city

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Residents in Port Morris and Mott Haven were promised a new park in their neighborhood that would give them access to the shores of the South Bronx, but ground has yet to be broken on the project.

The Haven Project was announced in 2015 to transform the area around East 132nd Street and the Randall's Island connector into a $3 million pier park with waterfront walkways and more greenery.

The next year, City Council members committed funding during a press conference with the New York Restoration Project, saying $2.75 million was allocated for phase one altogether.

But that funding ended up with the city's Department of Transportation instead of with the city's New York Economic Development Corporation.

For more than two years, those behind the redesign of the waterfront have tried to get city agencies and officials to repurpose the funds they were promised.

A DOT spokesperson tells News 12 they're working across agencies to move the project forward, but the city funding allocated so far cannot be provided to the New York Restoration Project until full funding is in place. The spokesperson says the city continues to discuss the project with the New York Restoration Project.

Once that money is able to be accessed, officials with the New York Restoration Project say it will take about two years to transform the pier.

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