Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million in Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) grants for 26 communities throughout the state. Brownfields are dormant properties where the presence or potential presence of contamination has impeded site redevelopment, turning the properties into economic and environmental drains on localities. BOA grants provide funding for municipalities to implement revitalization strategies that are necessary in order to redevelop impacted sites. Once redeveloped, brownfield sites become community assets that can attract businesses, jobs, and ultimately expand the local tax base.
Brownfield redevelopment is essential to encouraging growth in distressed communities throughout the state, Governor Cuomo said. These grants make that possible by creating opportunities to turn dormant sites into vibrant properties that attract jobs and private investment in the end helping to revitalize once-blighted areas.
The BOA program helps set the stage for combined public and private investment in brownfield redevelopment. The Implementation Strategy portion of the program, which is frequently supported by BOA grants, is designed to establish priorities for site redevelopment and recruit developers and outside investors to the project. More specifically, BOA grants have supported activities that include:
- investigations of site contamination conditions
- environmental impact assessments
- economic and market studies to determine the best use of brownfields and vacant sites
- redevelopment plans for strategic sites
- marketing to attract developer interest
- public forums and other opportunities for community participation
- other actions to spur investment, clean-up, and redevelopment related to brownfield sites
On average, a redeveloped brownfield site has the potential to create up to 91 jobs through clean-up, construction, and new businesses. Studies have shown that approximately every dollar of public investment spent on brownfield redevelopment leverages up to $8 in total investment through job creation, wages, and taxes. Additionally, redeveloped brownfields have increased property values by between five and 15 percent within a quarter mile of the redeveloped site.
A regional breakdown of the 26 grant recipients is as follows:
Affordable Housing Partnership (AHP) Sheridan Hollow Revitalization Plan ($464,400) AHP will complete a revitalization plan for a 110 acre area characterized by widespread abandonment and brownfield sites in the City of Albanys Sheridan Hollow neighborhood. The plan will generate development projects on 15 strategic sites for commercial and residential development.
Town of Colonie: Lincoln Ave Revitalization Plan ($266,400) The Towns industrial Development Agency will complete a revitalization plan for the Lincoln Avenue area consisting of 370 acres with 6 large brownfield sites.
Town of Fort Edward: Champlain Canal Implementation Strategy ($254,250) The Town will complete an implementation strategy to spur investment in a 500-acre industrial park located on the NYS Champlain Canal, characterized by significant vacant acreage, existing industries and the Hudson River dredging dewatering facility.
City of Glens Falls: South Street Revitalization Plan ($124,000) - The Greater Glens Falls Development Corporation will complete a revitalization plan for an area that includes 45 acres and 20 brownfields or vacant sites in the central portion of the Glens Falls downtown business district to spur investment for mixed use projects, new housing and to create jobs.
Central New York
Oswego County: Canal Corridor Implementation Strategy ($597,540) - The County will complete an implementation strategy for the Oswego Canal Corridor including the Oswego River, the Oswego Canal and Lake Ontario. This strategy will foster redevelopment on strategic sites for mixed use development, professional offices, niche retail/service, hotels, housing, public waterfront amenities and open space.
City of Cortland: South East Revitalization Plan ($359,500) - The City will complete a revitalization plan to generate redevelopment in a 540-acre area in the City's southeast area affected by 26 brownfield sites. This project will advance strategic opportunities for industrial redevelopment and job creation through the redevelopment of Noss Technology Park, a 40-acre brownfield site that will provide high technology economic opportunities and clean-up and marketing of the vacant 38-acre Buckbee Mears property.
City of Syracuse: South Salina Implementation Strategy ($315,000) The city will complete an implementation strategy to induce investment in a 113-acre area with a concentration of brownfield sites in the South Salina Street neighborhood. Emphasis will be on redevelopment of four priority cluster areas through land assemblage, environmental assessments and cleanups, expanding recreational areas and new commercial/mixed use development.
City of Syracuse: Erie Boulevard Implementation Strategy ($247,500) The City will complete an implementation strategy to spur redevelopment in a 478-acre brownfield area in the Erie Boulevard East neighborhood. Emphasis will be on attracting new commercial development and street and recreational improvements.
City of Rochester: South Genesee Implementation Strategy ($868,500) The City will complete an implementation strategy for a 148 acre area with 38 brownfield sites including the former Vacuum Oil petroleum refinery site. This will advance strategic development projects in the Goodman and East Main Street area; leverage new investment for housing; and expand access to parks, recreation and waterfront amenities.
City of Rochester: Bulls Head Revitalization Plan ($284,745) The City will complete a revitalization plan for a 188-acre area with more than 150 potential brownfield sites located in the Bull's Head area. This project will form strategic development opportunities that capitalize on the area's assets including its location as the western gateway to the City and the presence of an 800-employee hospital campus.
City of Glen Cove: Orchard Street Implementation Strategy ($402,100) The City will complete an implementation strategy to foster commercial and housing development projects on strategic sites in a 55-acre area with ten brownfield sites in the Sea Cliff Avenue-Orchard neighborhood.
Town of Brookhaven: Bellport Revitalization Plan ($303,958) The Town will complete a revitalization plan for an 800-acre area characterized with 24 brownfield sites located in Greater Bellport. This will form feasible, strategic development projects and other actions to invite investment and catalyze revitalization.
Town of Southampton: Riverside Revitalization Plan ($236,900) - The Town will complete a revitalization plan for a 468-acre section in the Riverside hamlet that is characterized by blight and abandonment that includes 15 brownfield sites. This project will identify commercial redevelopment opportunities within four strategic clusters of sites and seek to leverage investment to foster desired development.
City of Mount Vernon: East Station Revitalization Plan ($354,607) - The City will complete a revitalization plan to advance transit oriented commercial development projects in an approximate 29-acre area with nine brownfield and vacant sites. The plan will capitalize on City's primary assets including a heavily used commuter rail station that is in close proximity to New York City and infrastructure to generate appropriate development projects.
Village of Wappingers Falls ($333,360) - The Village will complete a revitalization plan to redevelop former factory sites located in a 640-acre area with five brownfield sites. The plan will generate development projects for commercial and residential development and new parks and recreation.
City of Rome: Erie Boulevard Revitalization Plan ($350,000) - The City will complete a Revitalization Plan for a 437-acre area characterized with 73 potential brownfield sites to revitalize the West Dominick Street Corridor of Rome's downtown and West Rome's residential neighborhoods.
City of Little Falls: Revitalization Plan ($81,000) The City will complete a Revitalization Plan that identifies development opportunities in the former industrial and commercial area along the north side of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal waterfront including the Center City Main Street business district and adjacent neighborhood.
New York City
Cypress Hills Development Corporation (CHDC) Implementation Strategy ($1,006,002) CHCD will complete an implementation strategy to foster redevelopment in a 461-acre area which includes 30 brownfield sites located in Cypress Hills. This project will spur redevelopment of strategic sites for manufacturing, retail, affordable housing, community arts and recreation space, and will expand access to fresh food and provide living wage jobs.
Northfield Local Development Corporation (NLDC) Port Richmond Revitalization Plan ( $398,025) NLDC will complete a revitalization plan that presents commercial and residential redevelopment projects on strategic sites within the Port Richmond area including Mariner's Harbor, Elm Park, and Arlington neighborhoods.
Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) Bradhurst Revitalization Plan ($369,147) HCCI will complete a revitalization plan to reduce high commercial vacancy by increasing small scale commercial activity and improving the appearance of the Bradhurst neighborhood.
Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) Revitalization Plan ($360,000) SIEDC will complete a revitalization plan to increase maritime and commercial business activity in a 179-acre area with five brownfield sites located on Staten Island's West Shore.
Lewis County: Lyons Falls Implementation Strategy ($553,761) The County and the Village of Lyons Falls will complete an implementation strategy to return four brownfield sites back to productive use with an emphasis on redevelopment of an abandoned Lyons Falls mill site to create business opportunities, increase employment and complete improvements to the downtown area.
City of Norwich: Downtown Revitalization Plan ($90,000) The City will complete a revitalization plan for a 591-acre area with 33 vacant and brownfield sites located in the Citys downtown and older residential areas. This will form strategic development projects on former industrial sites on the City's eastern side and new commercial developments in downtown.
Western New York
City of Lackawanna: First Ward Implementation Strategy ($862,460) The City will complete an implementation strategy to foster commercial and residential development on strategic sites in a 2,062-acre area within the City's First Ward neighborhood.
City of Jamestown: Chautauqua Lake Revitalization Plan ($269,100) The City will complete a revitalization plan to redevelop industrial properties for commercial use in a 710-acre area characterized with 15 brownfield sites located between Chautauqua Lake and downtown.
Town of Tonawanda: River Road Revitalization Plan ($275,400) The Town will complete a revitalization plan for commercial and residential redevelopment in a 1,743-acre area with 29 brownfield sites in the River Road area
New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales said, The New York Department of States BOA grants provide municipalities affected by brownfields with a unique opportunity for growth and development. The Department works in close partnership with local communities to plan and realize a vision for redevelopment that will advance economic growth, enhance the landscape and improve the environment.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said, Under the states brownfields program, New York is cleaning up contaminated sites, protecting public health and the environment, and returning abandoned properties to productive use. Governor Cuomo recognizes that environmental projects can help to attract businesses and jobs, and his support for the brownfields program demonstrates his commitment to building stronger, healthier communities across New York State.
Senator Mark Grisanti, Chair of the Committee on Environmental Conservation said, As an elected official representing an area that contains a proliferation of brownfields, I am pleased to see this money released to communities in dire need of funding to help revitalize these host communities. All across our state brownfields need remediation, and I applaud the Governor for taking this step to help out these communities and I look forward to working with him in the future on this important issue.
Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation, said, "All across New York State, distressed neighborhoods are home to brownfields, contaminated properties that accomplish nothing and hinder local growth. With Governor Cuomo's 'Brownfield Opportunity Areas' program, local communities will have the financial assistance needed for redevelopment activities to attract investment and produce economic growth. I thank Governor Cuomo for his support and look forward to continuing our work together."
Gov. Cuomos announcement is very good news for communities across the state that will have new tools and resources to join over 100 neighborhoods already active in the BOA program, said Jody Kass, of the nonprofit New Partners for Community Revitalization. The flexibility and proven track record of the BOA program to reverse the cycle of disinvestment and decay in communities impacted by multiple brownfields has helped achieve economic revitalization goals in New York's urban, suburban and rural communities. New York's unique area-wide BOA approach has become a national model that is now being applied in 26 states in 43 communities across the country.
"Brownfields disproportionately impact poor communities and communities of color, stalling economic growth and causing health problems for families," said New York City Environmental Justice Alliance Executive Director Eddie Bautista. "We welcome Governor Cuomo's announcement today about new funding under the Brownfield Opportunity Area's program, providing resources and tools to neighborhoods in need."