After nearly eight years of hard work, research and collaboration, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is excited to announce the completion of the West Shore Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) study. SIEDC is eagerly anticipating the formal BOA designation to be announced by New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado in the coming weeks.
The West Shore of Staten Island is one of the most undervalued assets in New York City, collectively representing the largest area and manufacturing zoned land in the city. The BOA study focused on the Bloomfield and Chelsea sections and provides a variety of planning recommendations and tools for business development and environmental sustainability.
SIEDC initiated a request for BOA funding in 2010 and was formally approved to begin the project in 2014. Under the BOA program, the New York State Department of State (DOS) provided SIEDC with financial and technical assistance to complete a revitalization plan and propose implementation strategies for the area – especially contaminated, underutilized and underserved sites.
In addition to DOS, SIEDC also enlisted the assistance of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York City Department of City Planning, New York City Department of Small Business Services and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
In 2016, SIEDC began the study process with a consultant team led by Greener by Design and WSP (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff) and developed a scope of work focused on four categories. The team evaluated land use development, transportation improvements, stormwater management and business development in the district.
Specific recommendations from the study include major site renovations or developments for seven underutilized properties, roadway consolidation and infrastructure improvements including curbing, lighting and beautification and expanded public transit to serve major projects including the Amazon and IKEA facilities.
The study also focused specific attention on creating a “District Flood Resiliency” plan which anticipates issues connected with sea-level rise in this low-lying area with limited sewer and stormwater infrastructure.
Finally, the BOA study developed various recommendations for improving business opportunities in the area including blanket permitting, new public-private partnerships for services and unique tax incentives.
SIEDC is proud to have completed the BOA project with the cooperation of so many partners in both the public and private realm. SIEDC would like to express sincere gratitude to the West Shore Business Improvement District (BID) board of directors, Borough President James Oddo, Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Minority Leader Councilman Steven Matteo for their dedication and support.