Private Property Retrofit Incentive Program

Queens College

Working through a contract awarded to the engineering firm Arcadis, we are implementing a large-scale green infrastructure private property retrofit incentive program. As part of this program, we are proactively seeking out private properties of 50,000 square feet or more with large impervious areas and are offering funding and guidance from beginning to end on the installation of green infrastructure practices.

Green infrastructure provides benefits to property owners such as on-site drainage improvements, improved property aesthetics, reduced energy costs, and integration with corporate, academic, or institutional sustainability and resiliency initiatives. The types of green infrastructure that could be built through this program include subsurface storage systems, porous pavements, rain gardens, or other site-level practices that can cost-effectively manage stormwater runoff from large impervious surfaces such as parking lots.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Private Property Definition: Private Property is defined as any non-City owned property. This also includes public property that is non-City owned. Examples of these types of public properties include property owned by public universities and state and federal agencies. City-owned properties that have long-term leases with private entities and have ten (10) or more years remaining on the lease are also considered private.
  • Minimum Property Size: Through this initial phase of the program, we are looking for properties that are at least 50,000 square feet and have large areas of impervious surfaces. Large parcels offer a cost-effective opportunity for green infrastructure retrofits because they often have site-level opportunities to place green infrastructure practices that can manage stormwater runoff generated from large impervious surfaces such as rooftops and parking lots.
  • Drainage Area: The program will initially focus on private properties that are served by combined sewers. As the program progresses, there is potential for properties served by separate sewers to be considered for the program.