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  • 7 Oct 2013 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New York City Brownfield Partnership is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel A. Walsh, Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, will be presented with the 2013 American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environment, Energy and Resources Stewardship.

    The Partnership, and three of its Directors, David Freeman, Roberta Gordon, and Larry Schnapf, nominated Dr. Walsh in recognition of his leadership and significant contributions to brownfield redevelopment in New York City.  Past recipients of the Award include a founder and early President of the Environmental Law Institute, one of the nation’s leading environmental think tanks; the President of CERES, a prominent coalition of corporations, investors and public interest groups that promotes sustainable investment; and the Director of Environmental Support for the company responsible for arranging for remediation of hundreds of former General Motors Corp. properties nationwide.

    This prestigious award will be presented at the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Fall Conference on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Hilton Baltimore. A number of Partnership Directors and members are planning to attend the awards ceremony and hope that others will consider joining us to honor Dan on October 11.

  • 11 Jun 2013 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mayor Bloomberg presented “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” a plan that prepares the City for the impacts of climate change. A statement on “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” and the Mayor’s remarks can be found below. 

    When Mayor Bloomberg gave his remarks on “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” the Mayor provided a presentation on the report. 

    Mayor Bloomberg today presented “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” the comprehensive and ambitious report that analyzes the city’s climate risks and outlines recommendations to protect neighborhoods and infrastructure from future climate events. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg launched the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency and charged it with recommending steps the City should take to protect against the impacts of climate change.

    Under the leadership of Seth W. Pinsky and using the foundation built through the City’s comprehensive sustainability agenda, PlaNYC, the Special Initiative produced the 430-page report, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” with more than 250 specific recommendations to further fortify the city against climate events. The Mayor released the report today in an extensive presentation to elected officials, business and community leaders and leading climate experts at the Duggal Greenhouse – which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and has since reopened as one of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 330 businesses. The following is an overview of the innovative recommendations proposed in the report, available on www.nyc.gov, and excerpts from the Mayor’s prepared remarks.

    “Six years ago, PlaNYC sounded the alarm about the dangers our city faces due to the effects of climate change and we’ve done a lot to attack the causes of climate change and make our city less vulnerable to its possible effects,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “But Hurricane Sandy made it all too clear that, no matter how far we’ve come, we still face real, immediate threats. These concrete recommendations for how to confront the risks we face will build a stronger more resilient New York. This plan is incredibly ambitious- and much of the work will extend far beyond the next 200 days – but we refused to pass the responsibility for creating a plan onto the next administration. This is urgent work, and it must begin now.”

    “‘A Stronger, More Resilient New York’ outlines a comprehensive strategy that will not only help our City’s most-affected neighborhoods to rebuild stronger and safer, but will help make our entire City less vulnerable to the effects of climate change,” said Pinsky, Director of the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency. “In the 21st Century, it is the cities that confront climate change head-on that will be best positioned to survive and thrive. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s vision and leadership, New York City is doing just that, setting our city up, once again, as a model for the rest of the world.”

    “‘A Stronger, More Resilient New York’ is the result of a massive effort by the Bloomberg Administration with the active involvement of an array of City agencies and expert advisors,” said Marc Ricks, Chief Operating Officer of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency. “We also benefited from a close partnership with State and Federal agencies, and from extensive input from elected officials, community groups, and over a thousand New Yorkers who participated in our public workshops. With this level of collaboration, I am confident that this report represents the very best thinking about how to make New York safer in the years to come.”

    New York City’s Climate Risks

    “As bad as Sandy was, future storms could be even worse. In fact, because of rising temperatures and sea levels, even a storm that’s not as large as Sandy could – down the road – be even more destructive… We have to look ahead and anticipate any and all future threats, not only from hurricanes but also from droughts, heavy downpours and heat waves – which may be longer, and more intense, in the years to come.”

    In 2008, Mayor Bloomberg convened the New York City Panel on Climate Change – making New York one of the first American cities to organize a group of leading climate and social scientists to develop local climate change projections. Their findings, released in a groundbreaking report in 2009, described the climate impacts New York could expect in the future – which include not just sea level rise and more frequent coastal storm surge, but increased heat and more frequent and intense downpours. In September 2012, the City passed Local Law 42 to establish the Panel on Climate Change as an ongoing body to advise the City on the latest climate science.

    Following Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg re-convened the New York City Panel on Climate Change to update its projections and develop future coastal flood risk maps – all of which would inform the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency.

    The new data from the Panel shows:

        Sea levels could rise at a faster rate than forecast just four years ago – potentially by more than 2.5 feet by the 2050s.

        By the 2050s, the city could have three times as many days at or above 90 degrees – leading to heat waves that threaten public health and the power system, among other infrastructure systems.

        The number of days with more than two inches of rainfall will grow from three in the last century to five in the 2050s.

        The Panel’s full report, complete with detailed insight of their methodology and findings, is available on www.nyc.gov and informed the development of the proposals outlined in “A Stronger, More Resilient New York.”

    Finally, the analysis from the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency shows that the costs of storms will increase: Sandy totaled $19 billion in damage and economic loss; in 2025, that cost grows to $35 billion and by 2055, $90 billion.

    Coastal Protection Proposals

    “For decades, the City allowed the waterfront to become polluted, degraded and abandoned. We have spent the last 11 years reversing that history and reclaiming the waterfront for all New Yorkers to enjoy – and we are not going to stop now.” 

    New York City’s 520-mile coastline is longer than those of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. According to the latest projections from the Panel on Climate Change, sea level rise of up to 11 inches in the 2020s and 31 inches in 2050, coupled with more frequent and intense storms, put the city’s coastline in jeopardy. However, with 535 million built square feet and nearly 400,000 residents living in the existing 100-year floodplain, the coastline is critical to New York’s future. The coastal protection strategies developed by the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency focus on fortifying defense and expanding natural protections, rather than retreating from the waterfront. These strategies include a series of first-phase measures that can be implemented immediately to protect the most vulnerable assets and shoreline, as well as a number of additional “full-build” projects to protect most of the vulnerable shoreline within the city. These additional projects can be implemented as additional resources are secured.

        Install Adaptable Floodwalls and Other Measures: Known as integrated flood protection systems, measures like flood walls and levees can reduce the risk of flooding during storm surges. They can also be integrated with the urban environment to provide access to the waterfront for recreational, transportation and commercial uses. The City will work to install, in a first phase, integrated flood protection systems in Hunts Point in the Bronx to protect the Food Distribution Center; on the East Harlem Waterfront along the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive; at Hospital Row north of East 23rd Street in Manhattan; the Lower East Side; Chinatown; the Financial District; and in Red Hook in Brooklyn.

        Staten Island Levee and Floodwall System: The City will construct an extensive system of permanent levees, floodwalls and other protective measures along the East Shore of Staten Island – from Fort Wadsworth to Tottenville, including Midland Beach. The project will rise as high as 15 to 20 feet, protecting communities that were devastated by Sandy and that have seen coastal flooding even during regular nor’easters for years.

        Install Storm Surge Barrier at Newtown Creek: The City will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design and install a storm surge barrier with gates and connecting levees at Newtown Creek that is navigable in non-storm conditions. In extreme weather, the barrier system close, keeping water from flowing into the creek and creating “backdoor flooding” in neighborhoods from Long Island City and Greenpoint in Maspeth.

        Study Future Surge Barriers for Jamaica Bay and Other Regions: The City will also work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of surge barriers across the mouth of Jamaica Bay to protect the communities of Gerritsen Beach, Howard Beach, Broad Channel, Canarsie and Mill Basin, the Rockaway Inlet, as well as the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

        Install Tidal Barrier Along Coney Island Creek: Known as revetments, stone shorelines protect against erosion and rising sea levels. The City proposes installations across Coney Island Creek, to prevent “back-door flooding” from smaller storms.

        Install Dune Systems in Staten Island and Rockaway Peninsula: The City will also complete the construction of a dune system from New Dorp Beach to Oakwood Beach in Staten Island, and complete dune improvements on the Rockaway Peninsula from Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street. The City will work with the Army Corps to study and construct a dune project along the Rockaway Peninsula, starting with a double dune system at Breezy Point, and also study a dune project for Coney Island.

        Install Bulkheads: Bulkheads are typically made of stone or concrete and hold shorelines in place, while also protecting against sea-level rise and preventing erosion. The City will implement a program to raise bulkheads in targeted neighborhoods throughout New York, for example the bayside of the Rockaway Peninsula, Broad Channel and Howard Beach in Queens; Greenpoint in Brooklyn; the North Shore in Staten Island; West Midtown in Manhattan; and Locust Point in the Bronx and other low-lying locations. The City will also repair bulkheads on the Belt Parkway that failed during Hurricane Sandy; and repair and improve bulkheads from Beach 143rd Street to Beach 116th Street along Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway.

        Study Construction of ‘Seaport City’: By installing a multi-purpose levee with raised edge elevations, the City could both protect much of the East River shoreline south of the Brooklyn Bridge from inundation and create a new area for both residential and commercial development. Using the model of Battery Park City, which was designed to withstand major flooding, the City will work with local communities, businesses and property owners to explore opportunities for a new neighborhood.

        Restore and Maintain Beaches: The City will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace sand and expand the beaches – a critical storm barrier – lost during and before Hurricane Sandy. This will include ongoing restoration at Coney Island Beach, including 1 million cubic yards of sand; Rockaway Peninsula, which will include 3.6 million cubic yards of sand; and South Beach, Crescent Beach and Tottenville in Staten Island.

        Complete Floodgate and Tide Gate Repairs: The City will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete floodgate repairs at Oakwood Beach in Staten Island and complete a tide gate repair study at Flushing Meadow Corona Park in Queens.

        Minimize Wave Zones: The City will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study and install: offshore breakwaters that absorb the force of waves adjacent to and south of Great Kills Harbor in Staten Island. The City will also work with the Army Corps to study the feasibility of offshore breakwaters near City Island, the Bronx, and west of the Rockaway Peninsula.

        Expand Natural Areas for Wave Protection In Queens and Staten Island: The City will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study and install a wetlands restoration project to weaken waves along Howard and Hamilton Beaches and elsewhere in Jamaica Bay in Queens; and a living shoreline of oyster reef breakwaters and sand in Tottenville in Staten Island. The City will also work with the Army Corps to use their existing Congressional authorization to expand wetlands throughout Jamaica Bay and citywide, including the North Shore of Staten Island the upper reach of the East River.

        Protect Con Edison’s Farragut Substation: The City will work with Con Edison to help it protect the Farragut substation, which serves nearly 1.25 million people and was nearly flooded during Hurricane Sandy due to its location on the Brooklyn waterfront.

        Explore a Series of “Full Build” Defenses, including Beginning the Analysis and Design Process for Seaport City: By installing a multi-purpose levee with raised edge elevations, the City could both protect much of the East River south of the Brooklyn Bridge from inundation and create a new area for both residential and commercial development. Using the model of Battery Park City, which was designed to withstand major flooding, the City will work with local communities, businesses and property owners to explore opportunities for a new neighborhood.

    Buildings

    “However, for all we do, we can’t entirely prevent water from entering our neighborhoods. So our plan is designed to ensure that when flooding and other extreme weather do happen, buildings can survive with less damage.” 

    After Hurricane Sandy, the City assessed building damage data and found that, while small, light buildings built before 1961 – when the City updated its building codes – represented just 18 percent of buildings in the Sandy inundation zone, they comprised 73 percent of those destroyed or structurally compromised. In the case of most other buildings, damage tended to be primarily to critical building systems, such as electrical systems, elevators, boilers and drinking water systems; there were relatively fewer modern and larger buildings that experienced significant structural damage. These findings – among others – demonstrate that construction and zoning codes play a crucial role in ensuring that the city’s building stock can withstand flooding and other destructive forces, and that protection of critical building systems must be a priority. The City’s proposals will improve the existing 68,000 buildings now in the 100-year floodplain through retrofitting and updating current regulations so that new construction meets higher standards.

        Designate $1.2 Billion for Flood Resistance Measures: The City will make $1.2 billion in loans or grants available to building owners to complete flood resiliency measures, including: elevating or protecting critical building equipment, fire protection systems, electrical equipment, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; upgrading foundations; and reinforcing exterior walls to flood-proof buildings. Funds will be set aside for particular affected building types and areas, including: $100 million for 1- to 3- family homes; $500 million to be divided among the boroughs based on their share of buildings in the 100-year floodplain; and $100 million for affordable housing projects.

        Update Zoning and Construction Codes: The City has proposed an amendment to the Zoning Resolution to allow buildings to be elevated without being penalized for height limitations; update the Building Code to require new construction to meet specific elevations as predicted by flood risk and clarify wind-resistance specifications; and amend the Construction Codes to better protect systems, including fire protection, electrical, and telecommunications systems.

        Rebuild Damaged Housing Stock: Through the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations, the City will deploy the initial Federal allocation of $530 million to rebuild and improve properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

        Retrofit Public Housing: The City will strengthen New York City Housing Authority developments and use $108 million in Federal Hurricane Sandy aid to begin the first phase, focused on power resiliency and the installation of emergency generators or other alternative measures.

        Launch Sales Tax Abatement Program: The City will launch a sales tax abatement program for industrial businesses concentrated in coastal areas to subsidize the cost of making flood resiliency improvement. The program will be implemented by the New York City Industrial Development Agency and benefits will be capped at $10 million.

    Insurance

    “Another enormous challenge facing communities is the price of flood insurance. For the most part, the Federal government will cut you a break on insurance only if you elevate your home. This one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work and today, we’re proposing a solution to this problem: a partial rate reduction for homes that make flood-related improvements – even if they do not elevate.”

    Hurricane Sandy highlighted the impact recent reforms to the Federal flood insurance program will have on New Yorkers. Properties located in the 100-year floodplain (determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps) are required to have flood insurance if they have a Federally-backed mortgage. Last year, before Hurricane Sandy struck, Congress passed legislation that will dramatically increase the cost of Federal flood insurance for many New Yorkers. That means that for a typical family living in Tottenville, Staten Island (a community with a median household income of $80,000), the cost of flood insurance alone may be up to $10,000 per year – 20 percent of the family’s after-tax income. The City’s proposals intend to reform the Federal flood insurance program so that it’s both more flexible and affordable, while encouraging property owners to take steps to reduce their risk of flood damage.

        Reduce Rates for Different Resiliency Measures: Under Federal guidelines, the cost of flood insurance is reduced if buildings are elevated – but that’s simply not possible in New York. Approximately 26,000 buildings in the newly expanded floodplain would not be able to elevate easily – if at all – and so would not qualify for reduced flood insurance rates. The City will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a system that allows proven mitigation measures other than elevation to qualify for premium reductions.

        Create Flexible Pricing Options: Flexible pricing options can encourage more people, especially those not required to carry insurance, to purchase coverage that meets their needs. A high-deductible could help reduce rates and offer protection to those who either aren’t required to have insurance or outside of a flood zone but would still like a policy.

    Healthcare System

    “We have to make sure the facilities we depend on in emergencies are there for us when we need them most. So we’ll amend the Building Code to require new facilities to meet high level flood resistance and have access to backup capacity for power and other critical systems, not only in the case of flooding, but also heat waves.” 

    The City’s healthcare system must maintain sufficient capacity to meet patients’ needs during disasters and be prepared to resume normal services as quickly as possible. The recommendations will help ensure that medical facilities can stay open and continue to serve New Yorkers.

        Improve New Hospital Design and Construction: The City will amend the Construction Codes to require hospitals to build to the 500-year flood elevation standards, which are higher than the 100-year flood standards required today.

        Require Existing Hospitals to Meet Higher Standards: The City will require existing hospitals in the 500-year flood-plain to adopt retrofits that protect their electrical equipment, emergency power systems and domestic water pumps by 2030. The City will adopt similar requirements for nursing homes and adult care facilities in the 100-year flood plain.

        Launch $50 Million Mitigation Program for Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities: The City will make up to $50 million available to qualifying nursing home and adult care facilities that invest in mitigation retrofits, including protecting power, water, air conditioning and heating systems.

    Power, Telecommunications and Other Critical Systems 

    “Millions of New Yorkers lost power during Sandy – and hundreds of thousands lost heat, internet service or phone service. Fuel supplies were also knocked out, resulting in long waits at the pump. Most of these networks are not run or regulated by the City – but the time has come for all of our private sector partners to step up to the plate and join us in protecting New Yorkers.”

    In the future, stronger storms and longer and more intense heat waves will pose to challenges to the city’s infrastructure and systems need to be upgraded. Fifty-three percent of New York City’s power plants are in the 100-year floodplain and by the 2050s, 97 percent will be; fuel suppliers are not required to harden supply lines, although many are in areas at risk of flooding or power outages; and significant gaps in telecommunications regulations have left cable TV, broadband, wireless and wired voice system networks exposed.

        Require Utilities to Address Climate Risks: The City will work with utility companies, regulators and climate scientists to analyze the risks and require plans that will update systems so that they can withstand events like Hurricane Sandy. The City will also work with suppliers and regulators to harden key power generators and electric transmission and distribution substations against flooding; strengthen overhead lines against winds; and protect the natural gas and steam systems against flooding.

        Develop Power Restoration Standards: Currently, utilities are not held to service restoration standards during severe weather events like Sandy. Thus, the City will work with the Governor’s Office, the State Public Utility Commission, Con Edison and LIPA to create these standards, and also to develop strategies to assess power conditions in real-time and restore service more quickly.

        Set Resiliency Requirements for Telecommunications: The City will include resiliency standards – including repair timelines – a part of its oversight of telecommunications providers. The City will establish the Planning and Resiliency Office within the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications to work with service providers to increase the resiliency of their respective systems within New York.

        Diversify Energy Sources: The City will work with utility companies, technology developers, and building owners to increase the flexibility of the grid and strengthen it with the integration of distributed generation and renewable resources.

        Develop Fuel Security Strategy: The City will work with the Federal government to convene a regional working group to create a plan to harden fuel pipelines, refiners and other terminals so that fuel supplies remain intact during climate events. The City will also develop a robust system to provide fuel during supply disruptions caused by severe weather events, supply emergency response and other critical fleets.

    Community Rebuilding and Resiliency Plans

    “Our analysis of critical infrastructure was citywide, but focused especially on the most vulnerable areas. To help make those areas less vulnerable, our report also includes a number of big ideas to help the communities move forward.”

    Aside from looking at citywide vulnerabilities and strategies to strengthen the five boroughs, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York” details specific strategies for the communities severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. These community rebuilding and resiliency plans are described in chapters designated to the following areas:

        Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront

        East and South Shores of Staten Island

        Southern Queens

        Southern Brooklyn

        Southern Manhattan

    Cost/Implementation

    The total cost of the more than 250 recommendations detailed in the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency report is nearly $20 billion – a sum that assumes each proposal is implemented along the suggested timeline. The City can rely on $10 billion provided through a combination of City capital funding already allocated and Federal relief, as well as $5 billion from additional, expected Federal relief already appropriated by Congress. The report lists several strategies to cover the remaining $4.5 billion gap, including additional Federal funding and City capital.

    Credit: www.mikebloomberg.com


  • 25 Apr 2013 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 24, 2013, the NYC Brownfield Partnership held its fifth annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards at the NYU School of Law, recognizing seven outstanding New York City remediation projects.  The awards ceremony was attended by over 200 people, including developers, regulators, consultants, and attorneys. The Partnership awarded its 2013 Distinguished Service Award to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in recognition of his work in supporting environmentally responsible development within economically diverse communities throughout the five boroughs. Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway, in accepting the award, conveyed the Mayor’s thanks and praised the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation and the Partnership for their role in returning properties to productive use.  Additional speakers included Dr. Daniel Walsh, Director of the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation; David Freeman, President of the Partnership’s Board of Directors; Jennifer Chernowski, Brownfield Grants Specialist, USEPA, Region 2; and Venetia Lannon, Regional Director and Jane O’Connell, Chief, Superfund and Brownfield Cleanup Section, NYSDEC, Region 2.  Prior to the award presentation, Dr. Walsh also dedicated a sculpture in memory of Abbey Duncan, which, to honor Abbey’s commitment to the arts, children and the environment, will be installed at the Sugar Hill Children’s museum, part of a redevelopment project conducted under the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program.

    Project Location:

    205 North 9th Street, Brooklyn

    Project Team:

    • North Driggs Holding, LLC
    • Karl Fischer Architect
    • Sive, Paget & Riesel, PC
    • P.W. Grosser Consulting

    This former industrial site was rezoned for redevelopment by North Driggs Holding, LLC.  Remediation was performed under the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (NYCOER) E-designation program. The mixed residential and retail project includes three multi-level residential buildings incorporating common and commercial space.  Redevelopment and remediation, which began in 2006, continued throughout the recession and was completed in 2011, providing much needed construction jobs in the area.

    Project Location:

    920-924 Westchester Ave, Bronx

    Project Team:

    • Westrock Development, LLC
    • MJM Construction Developers
    • C&S Construction
    • Hydro Tech Environmental, Corp

    Redevelopment of this South Bronx former service station and bottling plant was undertaken by Westrock Development, LLC, with the remediation performed under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).  The eight-story building includes 110 units of affordable housing, retail space, a community facility and parking garage. A retail store within the commercial space provides at least 20 jobs, with additional jobs provided by the parking garage and building maintenance.  A physical therapy facility, a necessary community service, currently occupies the community space.

    Project Location:

    129-11 and 127-03 Jamaica Ave, Queens

    Project Team:

    • The Arker Companies
    • Phillips Nizer
    • Aufgang + Subotovsky Architecture and Planning
    • AMC Engineering PLLC
    • Environmental Business Consultants

    This former commercial laundry and gas station/auto repair site was developed by The Arker Companies and remediated under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program.  The property, located in Richmond Hill, Queens, is now occupied by a six-story, 65-unit building set aside for seniors, with 20 percent of the units set aside for formerly homeless households.  The project was developed through a 50-year regulatory agreement with NYS HCR, using a complex network of funding sources including NYCHDC, NYCHPD, NYSERDA, NYSHCR, Bank of America, and deferred developer fees.  The project also received NYS brownfield tax credits.  Coordinating these multiple funding sources involved a combination of timing and balancing, requiring the development team to track and meet all submittal requirements and deadlines.

    Project Location:

    1224 Prospect Ave., Bronx

    Project Team:

    • Prospect Court, LLC
    • Great American Construction Corp.
    • Ecosystems Strategies, Inc.
    • Morris Associates Engineering Consultants

    Remediation at this former gas station and auto repair shop was performed under the NYSDEC BCP and included excavation of soil and bedrock, removal of underground gasoline tanks, topical application of RegenOx ™ and injection of PersulfOx TM, and installation of injection laterals, terminating in dispersion pits dug into the bedrock.  The configuration of the laterals allowed the injected oxidant to pool in the pits and enter the bedrock fractures and enabled multiple applications of oxidant.  The ongoing groundwater remediation has resulted in significant reduction in total volatile organic contaminant mass and engineering and institutional controls will prevent exposure of building residents to soil vapor and groundwater contaminants.  A Certification of Completion was issued by NYSDEC and the ongoing construction will result in an eight-story residential building with 58 units, twelve of which will be set aside for formerly homeless families.

    Project Location:

    Bright’N Green, Brooklyn

    Project Team:

    • Scarano Realty, LLC
    • Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.
    • Rizzo Environmental Services
    • M Square Construction, Inc.
    • Laurel Environmental Associates, Ltd.

    This project, partially located on the site of a former racetrack in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, was developed by Scarano Realty, LLC, and remediated under NYCOER’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The Track 1 cleanup enabled installation of an underground earth tube air pre-tempering system, which allows the fresh air entering the building to be conditioned by the uniform temperature of the subsurface.  Additional features of this compact urban structure include a rainwater collection system, gray and black on-site water treatment, and the use of the Cupolex system to provide sub slab capping and depressurization and eliminate the need for backfill within the building envelope, thereby reducing the number of truck trips associated with the project.  Bright ‘n Green has also received numerous awards and recognition including Net Zero Energy Status, possible LEED Platinum perfect score submission, Green Globes certification, EPA Water and Air Sense Recognition, Passive House Certification and NYSERDA Multifamily and Energy Star Rating.

    Project Location:

    4-56 47th Road, Queens

    Project Team:

    • Empire State Development Agency
    • AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
    • Fleming-Lee Shue, Inc.

    Redevelopment of this site was a public-private partnership between Queens West Development Corporation and AvalonBay Communities.  Remediation, completed under the NYSDEC BCP, addressed contaminants associated with the prior use of coal tar in the on-site manufacture of roofing products.  NYSDEC designated Parcel 8 as a Significant Threat Site based upon the presence of an estimated 47,000 pounds of contaminants. Remediation of soil and groundwater at this site was the first use of the RemMetrik SM process, combining estimates of contaminant mass and physical location with use of subsurface pressure waves to open the pore space within the aquifer, resulting in more effective targeting and distribution of the treatment chemicals.  The resulting contaminant mass reduction exceeded the 90 percent reduction goal set by NYSDEC.  The site is slated for future use as a public library.

    Project Location:

    383 East 162nd Street, Bronx

    Project Team:

    • Courtlandt Crescent Associated, L.P.
    • Phipps Houses
    • CA Rich Consultants, Inc.
    • Monadnock Construction
    • Dattner Architects

    This project is located within the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area in the Bronx and was developed by Courtlandt Crescent Associates, L.P.  The redevelopment area, a former collection of commercial, residential, industrial and vacant lots, was remediated under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program. The end result will be a two-building development with 217 units of low-income affordable housing units, a daycare center and a 9,700- square foot landscaped courtyard. The project is consistent with the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan, developed with extensive input from City government, residents, elected officials and community organizations. The developer for Courtlandt Crescent worked with the local Community Board to market the new housing units and Community Board preference will be given for 50 percent of the units.

    2013 Abbey Duncan Brownfield Scholarship Recipients

    • Eric Carlsen, Brooklyn College
    • John Driscoll, City College of NY
    • Eliza Eckstein, City College of NY
    • Danielle Hagans, Brooklyn College
    • Ezazul Haque, York College
    • Sean Martin, Queens College
    • Ethan Middlebrooks, CUNY School of Law
    • Jessica Miller, Brooklyn College
    • Tracey Sheu, Hunter College
    • Kishan Singh, Brooklyn College
    • Suzanne Stempel, Brooklyn College
    • Kimberly White, Baruch College
    • Sarah Vorsanger, Hunter College

    2012-2013 NYC Brownfield Partnership Interns

    • Alexandra Adams, New York Law School
    • Ann Aquilina, Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Cecily Goodrich, Brooklyn Law School
    • Alan Grotheer, The New School
    • Jullee Kim, Brooklyn Law School
    • Rupa Magar, New York Institute of Technology
    • Samantha Morris, University of Southern California
    • Vignesh Ramakrishnan, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Chase Sandler, Brooklyn Law School
    • Naomi Wasserman, Barnard College
    • Jiang Yili, Queens College
  • 7 Feb 2013 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new 2013-14 Executive Budget proposes $22 million for two brownfield programs that are crucial to community revitalization. Pending legislative approval, the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program will receive $10 million, and the Environmental Remediation Program (ERP) will be reactivated with a $10 – $12 million appropriation. Meanwhile, reforms of the Brownfield Tax Credits, which expire at the end of 2015, are underway. Administration officials say that the tax credit  revisions and changes to the Brownfield Cleanup Program can be expected in the coming weeks.

    Credit: New Partners for Community Revitalization


  • 3 May 2012 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 3, 2012, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its fourth annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the NYU School of Law.  The Partnership recognized three of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects.

    Project Location:

    Food Center Drive Hunts Point, Bronx, NY 10474

    Project Team:

    • New York City Economic Development Corporation
    • Anheuser-Busch
    • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

    Project Location:

    1778-1800 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460

    Project Team:

    • Exact Capital LLC
    • Joy Construction Corporation
    • SoBRO
    • Environmental Business Consultants (EBC)
    • AMC Engineering
    • Body-Lawson Architects and Planners PC

    Project Location:

    700 Brook Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455

    Project Team:

    • Phipps Houses
    • Jonathan Rose Companies
    • Dattner Architects
    • Grimshaw Architects
    • CA RICH Consultants, Inc.
  • 12 Sep 2011 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OER has proposed changes to the Brownfield Incentive Grant rule and invites public comment on the proposed amendments by October 3, 2011.

    The proposed revisions would clarify the role of qualified vendors; require site contractors who perform cleanup work to insure, but not indemnify the city; and relax the requirement of limited liability companies that seek grant funds to notify the city of their shareholders.

    To read the proposed amendments, please click here.

    To comment on the proposed amendments, send comments to: nycrules_oer@cityhall.nyc.gov

    Have a question, contact Office of Environmental Remediation at brownfields@cityhall.nyc.gov

    Office of Environmental Remediation

    253 Broadway, 14th Floor

    New York, NY 10007


  • 28 Jun 2011 1:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 25, 2011, the NYC Brownfield Partnership held its third annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards at the NYU School of Law.  City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award for her work advancing brownfield cleanup in NYC including unanimous passage of the NYC Brownfield Bill in 2009 by the NYC Council and support for the city-state collaborative agreement on liability protection in 2010.

    We recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects:

    • Green Building Award – Atlantic Terrace
    • Affordable Housing Award – La Terraza
    • Sustainable Remediation Award – New Fulton Fish Market
    • Economic Development Award – Harlem River Yards
    • Collaboration Award – Pratt Institute

    In addition, Venetia Lannon, the new Regional Director of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation NYC Office, delivered the keynote speech, and the Partnership recognized its 2011 Brownfield Interns and Abbey Duncan Brownfield Scholars.

  • 20 Apr 2011 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 25, 2011, the NYC Brownfield Partnership will host its third annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the NYU School of Law.  The Partnership will recognize five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects.

    Reception sponsored by AKRF, Inc.

    At the site of the abandoned Penn Central Railyard, the Harlem River Yards Ventures faced the challenge of cleaning up contaminants that included abandoned underground tanks, lead and other metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons related to coal and ash, and asbestos.  The entire site was covered with fill or topsoil, and the new Harlem River Yard Intermodal Transportation and Distribution Center was built on top.

    Harlem River Yards directly and indirectly created 700 jobs and created key railroad infrastructure that serves the NY Post, FedEx, and the City by providing a truck-to-rail waste transfer facility.

    Created to replace the old Fulton Fish Market formerly located in southern Manhattan, the New Fulton Fish Market site in the Bronx was formerly a manufactured gas plant.  Earlier operations had left coal tar, purifier waste, and a petroleum plume that affected three acres of groundwater and that all required remediation.  The contaminated material was removed from the site, or recycled and reused on-site whenever possible.

    The project employed innovative techniques and incinerated the waste to create energy using a waste-to-energy plant in Buffalo, NY.  The contaminated coal tar that was incinerated at the facility reduced waste volume by over 90% and created approximately 7.6 MW of electricity, providing enough electricity to power 10,000 homes for three months.

    The La Terraza site was formerly vacant land and an abandoned single story building previously used as a store, upholstery business, and dry cleaner.  The dry cleaner operation left the solvent tetrachloroethene as a contaminant in the soil and groundwater. Remediation consisted of chemical treatment and a groundwater pump and treat system.

    La Terraza is now an 8-story building with 107 affordable housing units, all allocated for families and individuals earning under 60% of the Area Median Income.  Residents also have access to a below-grade parking structure, a shared courtyard, retail space, and community facility space.

    The Atlantic Terrace housing development occupies land where a gas station operated until 1969, and was then vacant until 2007.  The remedial investigation identified an earlier on-site petroleum spill. Remedial methods included soil removal, the installation of a vapor barrier, and post remediation groundwater monitoring.

    The building is on track for LEED Gold certification. Its extensive green building elements include an efficient HVAC system, high-performance windows, a well-insulated exterior wall, locally and sustainably harvested kitchen and bathroom fixtures, Energy Star compliant lighting, and low-flow water fixtures.  Atlantic Terrace encourages public and alternative transportation through its proximity to the subway, and the preferred parking rates it offers to tenants with fuel efficient vehicles.

    Myrtle Hall of the Pratt Institute is located at the site of a former fast food restaurant in Brooklyn.  Remedial activity included the removal of contaminated soils and the installation of a concrete cap.  Underground storage tanks were also cleaned and removed before being disposed of at a metals recycling plant.

    Myrtle Hall is now an administrative and academic building.  Its construction was a collaboration among the Pratt Institute, the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

  • 22 Jun 2010 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On June 21, 2010, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its second annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the New York University School of Law and recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects.  Awards were presented in the categories of Open Space, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Green Building, and Affordable Housing.

    In addition, the Partnership presented the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award to Council Member James F. Gennaro for his work on brownfields in New York City and recognized the 2010 recipients of the Brownfields Scholarships and Internships. Click here to download the full awards newsletter!

  • 21 Jun 2010 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On June 21, 2010, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its second annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the New York University School of Law and recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects.  Awards were presented in the categories of Open Space, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Green Building, and Affordable Housing.

    Located on White Plains Road, the Bronx Park Apartments is a 7-story mixed-use building consisting of 74 units of affordable housing and approximately 11,000 square feet of commercial space on a former gas station and auto repair shop site. The retail component of the building is being leased to a major supermarket chain, a much needed amenity that was pursued by local residents. The business is anticipated to create approximately 50 permanent jobs for managers, warehouse workers, grocery workers, and administrative staff.

    Collaborative Partners: The Arker Companie; Phillips Nizer, LLP; Hugo S. Subotovsky, AIA; Environmental Business Consultants; AMC Engineering

    Frank Gehry’s innovative IAC headquarters demonstrates excellence in synergy between brownfield redevelopment and green building design.  The site, which housed a manufactured gas plant during the 19th century, posed remedial and construction challenges due to contaminated soil and groundwater.  After environmental concerns were properly addressed, the subsequent building design integrated innovative approaches to water and energy use reduction including, among other elements, a computer driven shade control system to monitor daylight and constructing the building’s roof with a highly reflective material to reduce the building’s overall heat load.

    Collaborative Partners: The Georgetown Company; Gehry Partners; Adamson Associates; Environmental Liability Management, LLC; Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.; Turner Construction and Urban Construction

    The Atlantic Avenue Apartment Complex, located on a former 50,628 square foot vacant lot in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, is the product of successful remedial and redevelopment efforts. The property had been vacant since the 1970s. The project was only the fourth multi-family, high-rise building in the country to receive Energy-star certification from the USEPA through NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program (it beat the baseline efficiency of ASHRAE 90.1 by 20%). The 150-unit complex now offers a spacious community room, a beautifully landscaped yard, a children’s play area and a daycare service. Apartments have been rented to households in four income tiers serving families with a broad range of incomes from 40% of Area Median Income (HUD’s annual calculation by county) to 90% of AMI.

    Collaborative Partners: Dunn Development Corp; MHANY Management, Inc.; HLS Builders Corp.; SLCE Architects, LLP; CA Rich Consultants, Inc.

    Concurrent with American Airlines’ $1.3 billion terminal redevelopment project at JFK International Airport, URS Corp. and American Airlines collaborated to remediate subsurface environmental contamination at Concourses A and B caused by aged infrastructure.  In total, approximately 300,000 gallons of free product and 18 million gallons of groundwater were remediated.

    Collaborative Partners: American Airlines; URS Corporation

    Family owned for four generations, the Atlas Terminals Industrial Park housed a number of industries from 1922 to the 1980s. Damon Hemmerdinger, a fourth-generation developer, was interested in cleaning the property and converting it to a more productive use.  In the true spirit of community outreach, the owner wanted to give back to the same community that had sustained his family’s Atlas Terminals Industrial Park for four generations. The Shops at Atlas Park, known as a lifestyle center, the first of its kind in New York State, includes more than two acres of  public recreational open space in the center of the development that is surrounded by retail specialty shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. The Shops at Atlas Park is both an entertainment and shopping destination designed to significantly enhance the lifestyle of residents in the immediate Glendale, Forest Hills and Middle Village areas as well as residents throughout the five boroughs and beyond.

    Collaborative Partners: ATCO Properties & Management, Inc.; A&Co, LLC; Langan Environmental & Engineering Services, P.C.; Knauf Shaw LLP

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