Monday, July 14, 2014

Brownfield cleanup push in Jamaica

From the Times Ledger:

Downtown Jamaica is one of the neighborhoods benefitting from a state program that redevelops underused vacant lots, home in the past to gas stations, auto repair shops, junk yards, factories and similar poorly managed waste operations.

Known as Brownfield Opportunity Areas, the project cleans up these sites, usually in low-income areas, by removing dangerous contaminants and then redeveloping them.

Now the City Council is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include a $15 million allocation in state long-term funding. The 2014-15 state budget “has inexplicably eliminated funding” for the program, said Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), chairman of the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection.

Emphasizing that the program plays “a vital role in restoring and revitalizing distressed communities and creating jobs,” the councilman insisted on the need to keep funding the Brownfield Opportunity Areas.

In Jamaica, the target area — mostly industrial and commercial — covers 40 blocks, containing a total of 616 properties, to the south of the Long Island Rail Road station, except for a stretch along Archer and Jamaica avenues north of the tracks.


Anonymous said...

Cuomo probably took the money to pay for his bridge boondoggle so more people can drive into NYC and further congest the roads.

Mike Francesa said...

Because Cuomo thought no one noticed since it's Queens. The only way to be more neglected is to be Staten Island. Why anyone voted in this loser and his loser father is beyond me.

Joe Moretti said...

.....and what about the auto body shops that are still operating and the illegal bullshit they do to harm the environment, the community and quality of life. I guess that does not count.

Even when they attempt to do something right, it is half-ass.

But kudos to Councilman Richards, who seems to be the only one that at least tackles these issues. I mean where was Leroy Comrie for 12 years as councilman on this issue, which is really bad in his district.

Anonymous said...

Has any clean-up ever been performed under BOA? Here in -yes-Staten Island, BOAs are simply urban renewal studies.