BOA Community Projects

Region 2 - New York City


City of New York, Citywide - Step 1

The City of New York, in partnership with participating community organizations, will advance existing Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program projects, and through the preparation of Pre-Nomination Studies, identify new projects throughout the five boroughs. PlaNYC estimates that the City has approximately 7,600 acres of brownfields. The primary community revitalization objectives include: assisting existing BOA grantees in improving their neighborhoods; promoting brownfield cleanups; and identifying and evaluating areas for more advanced BOA projects.

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality Bronx, Harlem River, Bronx - Step 2

The Harlem River Nomination will assess strategies for integrating upland communities with their waterfront so that they can contribute to and benefit from redevelopment for park and greenway purposes. This project will assess the reuse of brownfields and rail property. This project will also evaluate the potential for green infrastructure and landscaping at strategic access points to better integrate the upland visually, functionally, and ecologically.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, East New York, Brooklyn – Step 2

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation will complete a Nomination for an approximately 275-acre area that includes 30 potential brownfield sites located in East New York's northern section in Brooklyn Community Board 5. The primary community revitalization objectives include: stabilizing and expanding affordable housing; creating viable economic opportunities including green manufacturing and job training; improving transportation routes; and improving access to open space.

Family Services Network of New York, Reclaim Bushwick, Brooklyn - Step 1

The Coalition for Community Improvement in Bushwick, in partnership with the lead member agency, Family Services Network of New York, Inc. will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximate 606 acre area characterized by approximately 133 potential brownfield sites that are located within Brooklyn Community District 4. The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include: improving overall quality of life; creating affordable housing for all ages; and creating new recreation and community centers for youth.

Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corp., Flushing River Waterfront, Queens - Step 2

The Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation will complete a Nomination for an approximately 60-acre area characterized with 32 potential brownfield sites that are located along the Flushing waterfront neighborhood. The primary community revitalization objectives include: determining appropriate reuses for the area; quantifying remediation costs; designing reuse opportunities considering the varying environmental issues associated with each site and its proximity to the Flushing River waterfront; and facilitating new sustainable, transit-oriented development with mixed uses adjacent to new public open space linked to Flushing Meadows Park.

Friends of Brooklyn Community Board #6, Brooklyn, Gowanus Canal Corridor, Brooklyn – Step 2

Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 6 Incorporated and Brooklyn Community Board 6 will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximate 100-acre area characterized with 5 brownfield sites located in the Gowanus Canal Corridor, including the canal itself. The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved by this project include planning for appropriate development of brownfield properties in close proximity to the Gowanus Canal and remediation of the Canal. A primary issue to be addressed is the need to investigate the pathways of cross contamination occurring between the Gowanus Canal and its adjacent properties which contain known and suspected brownfield sites.

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Jamaica Queens – Step 3

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation will complete an Implementation Strategy for an approximately 40- acre area characterized with 70 potential brownfield sites that are located in Jamaica Queens near the rail station. Primary objectives include fostering mixed-use, sustainable transit-oriented development near the AirTrain that provides a rail connection for downtown Jamaica and JFK airport. The Implementation Strategy will focus on land use implementation techniques such as urban design guidelines; creation of targeted and effective development incentives to attract desired land uses; redevelopment feasibility studies and site plan alternatives for specific strategic sites; site marketing to attract developer interest; developing a local management structure to ensure implementation of the BOA; and compliance with New York State Environmental Quality Review requirements.

Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, Newtown Creek, Brooklyn and Queens - Step 2

The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center and Newton Creek Alliance will complete a Nomination for an approximate 994 acre area characterized with hundreds of potential brownfield sites located on or near Newton Creek, in Brooklyn and Queens. The primary community revitalization objectives include: retaining and attracting environmentally responsible manufacturing; creating waterfront access and open space; restoring wetlands; and improving water quality. These objectives will address regional job loss, environmental blight, and health and welfare of some of New York City's most underserved communities.

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Bradhurst, Manhattan - Step 2

The Bradhurst partnership will complete a Nomination for an approximate 210 acre area characterized with 5 potential brownfield sites that are located in the Bradhurst section of Harlem. The primary objective is to develop a strategic land use plan that addresses northern Harlem between 139th and 163rd Streets. The primary focus will be from St. Nicholas Avenue to the Harlem River including 145th to 159th Streets and specific corridors including Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Macombs Place, 145th, 149th, 150th, 155th and 159th Streets.

Northfield Community Local Development Corporation, Port Richmond, Staten Island - Step 1

Northfield Community Local Development Corporation will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximate 433 acre area characterized with numerous potential brownfield sites that are located along the North Shore of Staten Island. The primary community revitalization objectives include: creating new businesses to generate employment and tax revenues; revitalizing a former thriving waterfront and adjacent commercial districts; and advancing the recreational potential of and public access to the waterfront.

Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, Broadway Triangle, Brooklyn - Step 2

The Broadway Triangle Collaborative will complete a Nomination for an approximate 117-acre area characterized with 48 brownfield sites that are located in Brooklyn. The primary community revitalization objectives to be achieved include: identifying parcels to be developed as affordable housing; determining the community's needs for a small business incubator; and soliciting community input regarding future development. Primary issues and/or problems to be addressed include: the community's need for affordable housing; the cost of commercial rental space; community development in a historically contentious area; and underdevelopment and blight due to outdated zoning and environmental risks.

East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corp. and the St. Nick's Alliance, Industrial Business Zone, Brooklyn –Step 2

St. Nicks Alliance and the East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation will complete a Nomination for the 721-acre North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone. This project will identify and assess opportunities for industrial reuse of contaminated and blighted properties. Many of the 15,000 industrial jobs in North Brooklyn are at risk due to residential gentrification. Successful brownfield redevelopment can retain these high-quality working class jobs for neighborhood residents, while simultaneously cleaning up environmental blight and attracting new and expanding industrial businesses.

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Port Morris and East River, Bronx - Step 2

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation will complete a Nomination for a 145-acre area
with approximately 20 potential brownfield sites that are located in Port Morris near the East River. The primary
community revitalization objectives include: planning for the redevelopment and reuse of former gas stations and
industrial properties for commercial and residential use; and removing environmentally hazardous substances.

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Port Morris and Harlem River, Bronx – Step 3

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation will complete an Implementation Strategy for an
approximate 200-acre area characterized with 10 brownfield and underutilized that are located in Port Morris near the Harlem River. The primary community revitalization objectives include: redeveloping underutilized, former industrial properties for commercial and residential use; removing environmentally hazardous substances; and increasing waterfront access opportunities to the Harlem River. The Implementation Strategy will include: land use implementation techniques including urban design guidelines; creation of targeted and effective development incentives to attract desired land uses; redevelopment feasibility studies and site plan alternatives for specific strategic sites; site marketing to attract developer interest; developing a local management structure to ensure implementation of the Port Morris and Harlem River BOA; and compliance with the New York State
Environmental Quality Review requirements.

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Eastchester, Bronx – Step 2

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation will complete a Nomination for an approximately 120-acre area in the Eastchester section of the Bronx that is characterized by over 80 brownfield sites. This area borders the City of Mount Vernon in Westchester County, is adjacent to the Hutchinson River, and has immediate access to major traffic thoroughfares. The primary project objectives are to: strengthen the existing industrial business sector; improve supporting infrastructure; address issues between residential and industrial uses; clean-up contaminated soil and groundwater; and assess the feasibility of creating waterfront access.

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, Red Hook, Brooklyn – Step 1

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation will complete a Pre-Nomination Study for an approximately 343-acre area in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which is characterized by a high concentration of brownfields. The primary community revitalization objective is to improve the neighborhood economically and environmentally by cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields and vacant sites to attract new businesses and create employment opportunities for local residents.

United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE), Sunset Park, Brooklyn - Step 2

UPROSE will complete a Nomination for a 475-acre area with over 50 potential brownfield sites that are located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The primary community revitalization objectives include conducting a participatory community planning process, including the identification and redevelopment of strategic sites for uses that will serve the community.

West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation, Richmond Terrace, Staten Island - Step 2

The West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation will complete a Nomination for an approximate 120-acre area characterized with potential brownfield sites located along Richmond Terrace in the West Brighton section of Staten Island. The community revitalization objectives include completing a strategic plan for the economic and environmental revitalization of the properties located in the target area utilizing the findings of their Pre-Nomination Study. Remediation of environmental concerns and development of underutilized properties will benefit the West Brighton community through job creation, increased property values and a healthier environment in which to live and work.

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, South Waterfront, Bronx - Step 2

The Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, in partnership with The Point Community Development Corporation, Sustainable South Bronx, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and the Pratt Institute, will complete a Nomination for an approximate 800-acre area characterized with 150 to 200 potential brownfield sites that are located on the Hunt's Point Peninsula adjacent to the East River and Bronx River. Project objectives are to: develop strategies that will address community needs for open space, affordable housing, and living wage jobs; enhancie the environmental and economic performance of the area's regionally significant industrial sectors; and reclaim the area's waterfront as a unique environmental and economic asset.