The NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) and the Northfield Community Local Development Corporation (NCLDC) presented draft recommendations for the Port Richmond Brownfield Opportunity Area at three public meetings in June, 2013. This framework considers long-term future development goals and short-term action items that encompass the community’s long term vision and BOA project objectives. These recommendations have been developed over an 18 month public engagement process.
The presentations were well attended by the community and we have been receiving positive feedback from residents, business owners, students and community leaders.
We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who attended and provided feedback on the Port Richmond BOA and special thanks to the meeting organizers at the Mariners Harbor/Port Richmond Area Committee, the Port Richmond Board of Trade, the Port Richmond Anti Violence Task Force and Saint Phillip’s Church.
The presentation can be viewed or downloaded here.
The city’s North Shore 2030 Report recommended that the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) work with the local community to craft a strategic plan for the Port Richmond area. In early 2012, DCP partnered with the Northfield Community Local Development Corporation (NCLDC) to work with the community to identify the action items necessary to implement the strategic plan. The goals of this plan would follow the recommendations of the North Shore 2030 Report which supported the creation of new retail services and jobs, strengthening the working waterfront, and providing needed amenities including open space and waterfront access. The planning process will consist of evaluating existing conditions -- such as land use, zoning, transportation, infrastructure, demographics, socioeconomics, market conditions and retail trends -- and result in a proposed zoning and infrastructure framework by summer 2013 to support these long-term goals for Staten Island’s North Shore.
This effort is funded by a grant from the New York State’s Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Area program. These grants support community-based planning efforts to identify neighborhood revitalization strategies and the redevelopment of underutilized potential brownfield sites.
The study area boundaries include Port Richmond Avenue from the Kill Van Kull waterfront to Beekman Street and the North Shore neighborhoods of Elm Park, Mariners Harbor and Arlington. The map below identifies the two key areas of research.
The Department of City Planning and the Economic Development Corporation released the North Shore 2030: Improving and Reconnecting the North Shore’s Unique and Historic Assets in December 2011, the culmination of a collaborative two-year effort among City and State agencies, over 200 local experts – residents, business leaders and civic stakeholders - to craft a vision for the North Shore of Staten Island. The final report details long-term recommendations necessary to meet the 2030 Vision that will guide public and private investment and land use decisions over the next 20 years.
A principle component of the BOA work is public outreach and public participation in the planning process. Our goal is to reach community consensus on a vision for the future of these neighborhoods.
On September 13th and 15th, 2012, Northfield Community LDC and City Planning held Open Houses to present our research on the area’s existing conditions. The meeting was held on Port Richmond Avenue at the former Wexler’s Furniture Store, The gallery style open houses presented a series of maps with information on the area’s infrastructure, zoning, land uses, transportation systems, demographics, community facilities, natural features, open space and other aspects of the physical environmental and built environment for the entire Port Richmond study area. The goal of these Open Houses was to provide a baseline of information to all interested stakeholders and for the community to confirm this research and identify where additional information was needed. The Preservation League of Staten Island provided historic walking tours of Port Richmond Avenue during the events.
In March 2013, three Community Visioning Workshops were held on Port Richmond Avenue at the United Cerebral Palsy Center. The sessions were well attended with a mix of residents, business owners, property owners and students participating in three exercises:
In June of 2013, Northfield Community LDC and City Planning presented the draft recommendations for sub-area A of the Port Richmond BOA at three community meetings. These meetings included Community District One’s Mariners Harbor/Port Richmond Area committee meeting, a meeting at Northfield Community LDC as a supplement to the Port Richmond Board of Trade meeting, and at the Port Richmond Anti-Violence Task Force Friendship Dinner.
The Port Richmond BOA Steering Committee consists of representatives of civic organizations, elected officials, and public agencies with local perspectives and expertise in transportation, environmental, waterfront, residential and business issues. The Committee plays a key role in informing the study through steering committee meetings and one-on-one listening sessions with the project team. In addition, the Steering Committee assisted in outreach efforts to ensure their membership and the community at large was engaged in the North Shore planning effort.
The following organizations and agencies are represented on the Committee:
The Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program is a New York State Department of State, Office of Communities and Waterfronts grant program that provides funding assistance to communities for activities related to the creation of neighborhood revitalization plans for areas affected by multiple brownfield sites and economic distress. Through a community supported planning process, the BOA program is intended to help communities formulate effective strategies to return vacant and underutilized sites and areas back to productive use while simultaneously restoring environmental quality.
The goal of the BOA program enables communities to:
The program consists of three steps:
In New York City, Brownfield Opportunity Area programs have been funded across the five boroughs. To learn more about the BOA program please visit the Department of State, Office of Communities & Waterfronts.