North Brooklyn Brownfield Opportunity Area Plan (BOA)

Evergreen is going to be completing a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Plan, a community-driven planning process that will determine neighborhood priorities and identify several key strategic sites for redevelopment that will have the potential to stimulate further investment in the area. We also want to explore and make recommendations on policies and redevelopment strategies that could make industrial uses more feasible and profitable in the community. The study will take about eight months to complete. Community participation is a key element, so we hope you can be involved.

What are Brownfields and Brownfield Opportunity Area Plans?

A brownfield is a former industrial or commercial site where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination.

The Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program is administered by the New York State (NYS) Department of State (DOS) to bring brownfields back into active use and spur on further investment in their surrounding communities using a community-driving planning process.

Evergreen was awarded funding by the NYS DOS to complete a BOA Step Two plan, which focuses on an area-wide analysis and identification of strategic sites for redevelopment.

Study Area Background

Overlapping the North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone boundary, the study area is 721 acres stretching from the northern tip of Greenpoint to Flushing Avenue, comprised of an estimated 200 blocks and 3000 parcels. It falls within Community Board District 1.

It is a hub of diverse activity, predominantly industrial with small concentrations of resi­dential and commercial use. Traditional manufacturing has lessened, but longstanding companies have made smart investments to become more efficient and sustainable and an evolving array of new creative production and industrial service businesses are popu­lating the area.

Environmental issues are significant. Newtown Creek was placed on the National Priori­ties List in 2010 as a Superfund site. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused incredible dam­age, and stormwater management continues to be a challenge.

Our Goals

Redevelop Industrial Property
Identify strategic sites that have the potential to be redeveloped in order to expand the in­ventory of usable industrial space in the BOA, strengthen the economic base of the BOA, and stimulate further reinvestment in the area.

Establish a Framework for Industrial Development
Determine best practices and develop recommendations (ex: policies or incentives) to make industrial uses more feasible and profitable in the community and mutually benefi­cial solutions for the surrounding commercial and residential community.

Address Infrastructure Needs
Ensure that the area is more desirable for businesses to relocate to or for those here to remain competitive.

Address Environmental Concerns
Account for historical contamination, stormwater, flooding, and resiliency, green infra­structure, traffic congestion, and more.

Plan for Future Implementation
Consider funding streams, partnerships, and programs for all recommendations and pro­posals to better set up for implementation of this BOA Nomination plan.

The Team

Evergreen is the lead community organization for the project. We have been active in the community since 1982, providing an array of business services, ranging from financ­ing to advocacy. We have developed connections to many local property owners and stakeholders in the industrial community.

New York State Department of State is the project administrator.

Our consultant team is comprised of WXY, HR&A Advisors, Pratt Community Center, Lan­gan Engineers, and St. Nicks Alliance.

Our Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from NYC Department of City Planning, NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, NYC Economic Development Corporation, New York State Department of Environmental Conversation, Community Board 1, and St. Nicks Alliance.

The Timeline

Our schedule is downloadable here. It’s an 8 month timeline starting in November 2015, with completion targeted for June 2016.

Stay in Touch!

Stephen Fabian is Evergreen’s BOA project coordinator. You can sign up for project updates or ask questions by emailing him at sfabian@evergreenexchange.org. His phone number is 718-388-7287×212.