The $65 million development plan for the groundbreaking Universal Hip Hop Museum at the Point in the south Bronx is now planned for 2024. The delay can be attributed to the coronavirus Pandemic.
“We are building a museum that will be pandemic-proof, because now, we are incorporating everything that’s the new normal—social distancing, how to position exhibits, how many exhibits should be in a space, what kind of exhibits, ” said Rocky Bucano, the museum’s executive director .
Construction was set to start in July 2020, but is now planned to start in late fall 2020. The museum formed a partnership with a new start-up tech company. They will provide digital health screens that look like metal detectors. When visitors walk through them, they will be scanned for COVID-19 symptoms.
“The next pandemic can be right around the corner. We don’t want to be stuck like other cultural institutions are stuck right now, having to reconfigure their entire experience,” said Bucano.
the museum is now projected to open in 2024 Months of protests, and a national movement for social and racial justice, have encouraged people and companies to seek out ways to expand equality and may prove beneficial in other ways.
“Because hip hop has always been about celebrating Black life and talking about issues that relate to the community we serve, I think the UHHH is in best position to help a lot of those companies who want to invest in underserved communities,” said Bucano.The project includes space for nonprofit organizations and affordable housing. Part of the funding will come from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.