Staten Island Economic Development Corporation West Shore BOA
New York City, New York
Assested the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) as it completes a Revitalization Strategy for the West Shore Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA), an approximately 178-acre area located on the West Shore of Staten Island, bordering the Arthur Kill. The BOA is the site of a unique combination: wetlands and environmentally sensitive lands adjacent to manufacturing and industrial uses. The primary community revitalization objectives of the project include industrial focuses such as Green technology development and Green manufacturing, as well as education partnerships to promote development, wetland protection, brownfield remediation and activating vacant or under-utilized parcels.
The low-lying streets within the BOA face regular flooding conditions. In the face of sea level rise and increasing intensity and frequency of storm events, the plan explores options to create a bluebelt and mitigate flooding while also enhancing existing constrained tidal wetlands. The area is currently underserved by transit, but there is both potential for future rapid transit to serve the area as well as existing opportunities to run shuttle bus services.
To improve the transit connectivity of the area, couple of solutions were recommended after collecting the data for trip generation and destination points. The first potential to explore would be an extension of the S40/90 bus into the BOA from its current terminus at Forest Ave and Gulf Ave. A second opportunity for the BOA to explore is connectivity within the BOA and to a nearby bus hub. Approximately 2.5 miles east of the BOA is the Staten Island Mall, which serves today as a de facto transfer center, offering connections to 11 MTA bus routes. Offering private shuttle service in a circulator route through the BOA and to the Staten Island Mall would increase access opportunities for potential employees without transportation alternatives, as well as attract new employers to the BOA.
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