The BOA Program funds a range of flexible predevelopment activities necessary to attract public and private capital investment to brownfield, vacant or abandoned properties. The BOA approach can reverse the cycle of disinvestment and decay to create livable neighborhoods and functional communities by attracting new uses such as: housing and retail, commercial, business incubators and manufacturing, supporting infrastructure, and public amenities such as parks or recreation facilities.
The range of activities and techniques the program offers, that are partially listed here, begin with community visioning and end with a strategy for redevelopment and revitalization:
Community visioning to establish a blueprint for revitalization including redevelopment and environmental quality improvement objectives.
Public participation to ensure community involvement in the process and support for revitalization and redevelopment projects.
Existing conditions analysis including land use, zoning, ownership, infrastructure, natural features, and an assessment of assets and opportunities.
Infrastructure studies including traffic and transportation, parking, water and sewer, utility and relocation studies.
Site inventory of abandoned, vacant or brownfield sites available for redevelopment.
Market trends analysis to identify an economic niche and the range of realistic new uses and businesses for sites.
Identification of strategic sites that are the most promising redevelopment opportunities to spur revitalization.
Acquisition due diligence including property appraisal, title work, surveys, and phase I environmental and archeology assessments.
Environmental site assessments (phase II) at strategic brownfield sites (municipally-owned sites and sites owned by a volunteer who is not responsible for the contamination) may be eligible.
Site specific demand and feasibility analysis to understand the demand for specific uses, the magnitude of costs, benefits and overall project feasibility.
Conceptual designs and cost estimates to illustrate positive design elements and how strategic sites will appear when redeveloped.
Convene interests to foster development by enlisting a neutral, objective consultant to work as a liaison on behalf of the grantee, private landowner, and development interests to explore project feasibility and reuse alternatives.
Portfolio of sites available for development with a description of site conditions and preferred uses.
SEQR activities that may include the preparation of a generic environmental impact statement to accelerate the redevelopment time-frame.
Local zoning revisions and other local laws to ensure the desired end uses identified in the BOA plan are permissible.
Design standards and guidelines for buildings and streetscapes to ensure quality future development.
Site marketing through project renderings, brochures, web applications, the preparation and issuance of requests for proposals for specific development projects, and other means.