BCEQ Harlem River Brownfield Opportunity Area Project, Step 2

February 15th, 2015 Posted in Committees, Communications Committee Work, Front Page News, Harlem River BOA, Water Committee

The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) has been working since 2006 on revitalizing and restoring the area along the Harlem River from Sputyen Duyvil to 161st Street — later expanded to 149th Street in Step 2 in 2012.   http://www.bceq.org/2008/09/07/harlem-river-brownfiled-opportunity-area-boa/

Just recently, it was announced that our Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Project while completing the Step 2 process can apply to designate the complete catchment area as a “Brownfield Opportunity Area.”  In addition to our Step 2 work to nominate Strategic Sites/Areas within the targeted area, we are reviewing the new “designation,” the benefits of the designation of an overall “Brownfield Opportunity Area” and whether or not we should apply.

We will discuss this at the Annual Membership Meeting on March 18, 2015.  http://www.bceq.org/2015/02/15/2015-annual-membership-meeting-and-water-conference-on-318-from-3-7pm/

  1. The first part of the program is a description of potential development anticipated for specific sites or areas and a request to community stakeholders to actively affirm commitments to the previously developed goals, objectives and vision statements shaped in relation to redevelopment and revitalization – both long and short term.  BCEQ is proposing to nominate Strategic Sites within the area along the Harlem River waterfront in Bronx Community Boards 4, 5, 7 and 8, from 149th Street to Spuyten Duyvil.
  2. The second part is a discussion of designating a Brownfield Opportunity Area. The purpose of such designation is to facilitate the realization of the vision and goals laid out in the BOA Plan, to return brownfield sites to productive use and restore environmental quality. By requesting designation of a BOA, a municipality or community based organization affirms that it is committed to the revitalization of the area impacted by brownfields. The Secretary of State, by designating a BOA, confirms that the BOA Plan is consistent with the applicable provisions of Article 18-C, Section 970-r, of the General Municipal Law.
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