Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. held his fifth “State of the Borough Address” in Hostos’ popular Main Theater on Thursday, February 20. Speaking of the “New Bronx,” he highlighted several projects that he believes will help the Bronx continue to thrive, both economically and socially.

And one of them will be right on the Hostos Community College campus.

With the support of the Borough President and the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council, Hostos has started the design phase process for a new 170,000 square-foot, Allied Health & Natural Science Complex to be located on Walton Avenue between E. 144th and E. 146th Streets. The new complex will house all of Hostos’ Allied Health programs, the Natural Sciences Department and related laboratories, classrooms, and computer labs. The building will also be home to a new dental hygiene patient care center and a community health center. This modern facility will not only serve Hostos students, but the entire community at large.

To support this initiative, the college has already received $4,503,000 in capital funding: $2,500,000 from the New York City Council and $2,003,000 from Borough President Díaz.

Calling Hostos the “crown jewel” of the city’s public education system, Borough President Díaz lauded the project.

“The lower Grand Concourse is an exciting place these days,” Borough President Díaz said. “Hostos Community College is planning a major new Allied Health & Science Complex just down the block, a project I believe is so important to the future of our borough that I have committed more than $2 million to help fund its completion. This complex will educate and serve the Bronx, as well as the entire region, through progressive programs and services. Also, through its construction, 1,700 new jobs will be generated. A project like this one will help put people to work right away, as well as train and educate people for high quality jobs in the future. This is the New Bronx.”

Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez thanked Borough President Díaz for his dedication to the project.

“I commend the Borough President for supporting our Allied Health & Natural Science Complex, which will serve a large role in the borough’s economic development infrastructure,” President Matos Rodríguez said. “This new building is consistent with the vision of a ‘New Bronx’ and of ‘One New York, Rising Together.’ We are committed to offering quality higher education and job training in the best facilities possible, and this new complex is a prime example of that commitment.”

The new Allied Health & Natural Science Complex will help to highlight Hostos’ already successful healthcare programs. For example, for the last 16 years, every student who has graduated from the Hostos Community College Radiologic Technology Program has passed the national certification examination administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) on their first attempt. This center will support this, and other Hostos programs, reach new heights.

This new project also demonstrates Hostos’ commitment to STEM studies, enhancing programs like Proyecto Access, which introduces pre-college students to math, science, and technology, as well as educational partnership programs Hostos has with NASA.

The new Allied Health & Natural  Science Complex, which CUNY approved in 2012, will be constructed using the latest green best-practices and will include a high-performance façade, photovoltaic panels, and modern mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Other parts of the southern Grand Concourse were discussed at length. Borough President Díaz called on the city to issue a new request for proposals for the P.S. 31 site and demanded that the United States Postal Service involve the people of the Bronx in the sale of the Bronx General Post Office.

With both iconic buildings so close to Hostos’ campus, President Matos Rodríguez said finding their best uses is a huge priority for the college.

“It is exciting to be a part of the Bronx Borough President’s vision for the ‘New Bronx,’” President Matos Rodríguez said. “We have always believed that higher education is the key to upward social mobility that can transform lives and communities. Hostos has been a part of this community for nearly 50 years, and we are as excited about the future of the Bronx as the Borough President.”

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique “Student Success Coaching Unit” provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.