New Bronx City Planning Commissioner

Submitted by ub on Wed, 08/17/2011 - 16:45

Orlando Marín, Bronx President’s nomination to the City Planning Commission, has been approved by a vote of the City Council. Mr. Marín will begin on August 23, replacing Kenneth Knuckles.

A resident of the Longwood section of the Bronx, Orlando Marín has worked in the housing arena for the last 20 years where he has garnished a stellar reputation. He is currently employed with the Bluestone Organization, a private developer of both affordable and market rate housing based in Fresh Meadows, New York, and has also worked for such prestigious organizations as the Empire State Development Corporation, the New York City Housing Partnership, and served as the special assistant to the City Engineer of Phoenix, Arizona.

Active in his neighborhood since his teenage years, Mr. Marín has played an instrumental role in the redevelopment of his immediate community, where he currently serves as chairman of Bronx Community Board #2. An architect with a background in Real Estate and Public Administration, Mr. Marín won the American Institute of Architect’s Creative Design award for the development of the “Prototypical School” while employed with the nationally acclaimed office of Perkins & Will. While serving as a member of Bronx Community Board #3, he was instrumental in the creation of that board’s 197A Comprehensive Plan, entitled “Partnership for the Future,” which gained full support and accolades from the Bronx Borough President’s office.

As a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a graduate of New York University’s Continuing Education Program earning a Diploma in Real Estate with a concentration in Investment analysis, Mr. Marín adds to his credential the participation and successful completion of the National Urban Rural Fellows Program administered in tandem with Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.