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  • 25 Apr 2013 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 24, 2013, the NYC Brownfield Partnership held its fifth annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards at the NYU School of Law, recognizing seven outstanding New York City remediation projects.  The awards ceremony was attended by over 200 people, including developers, regulators, consultants, and attorneys. The Partnership awarded its 2013 Distinguished Service Award to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, in recognition of his work in supporting environmentally responsible development within economically diverse communities throughout the five boroughs. Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway, in accepting the award, conveyed the Mayor’s thanks and praised the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation and the Partnership for their role in returning properties to productive use.  Additional speakers included Dr. Daniel Walsh, Director of the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation; David Freeman, President of the Partnership’s Board of Directors; Jennifer Chernowski, Brownfield Grants Specialist, USEPA, Region 2; and Venetia Lannon, Regional Director and Jane O’Connell, Chief, Superfund and Brownfield Cleanup Section, NYSDEC, Region 2.  Prior to the award presentation, Dr. Walsh also dedicated a sculpture in memory of Abbey Duncan, which, to honor Abbey’s commitment to the arts, children and the environment, will be installed at the Sugar Hill Children’s museum, part of a redevelopment project conducted under the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program.

    Project Location:

    205 North 9th Street, Brooklyn

    Project Team:

    • North Driggs Holding, LLC
    • Karl Fischer Architect
    • Sive, Paget & Riesel, PC
    • P.W. Grosser Consulting

    This former industrial site was rezoned for redevelopment by North Driggs Holding, LLC.  Remediation was performed under the New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (NYCOER) E-designation program. The mixed residential and retail project includes three multi-level residential buildings incorporating common and commercial space.  Redevelopment and remediation, which began in 2006, continued throughout the recession and was completed in 2011, providing much needed construction jobs in the area.

    Project Location:

    920-924 Westchester Ave, Bronx

    Project Team:

    • Westrock Development, LLC
    • MJM Construction Developers
    • C&S Construction
    • Hydro Tech Environmental, Corp

    Redevelopment of this South Bronx former service station and bottling plant was undertaken by Westrock Development, LLC, with the remediation performed under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).  The eight-story building includes 110 units of affordable housing, retail space, a community facility and parking garage. A retail store within the commercial space provides at least 20 jobs, with additional jobs provided by the parking garage and building maintenance.  A physical therapy facility, a necessary community service, currently occupies the community space.

    Project Location:

    129-11 and 127-03 Jamaica Ave, Queens

    Project Team:

    • The Arker Companies
    • Phillips Nizer
    • Aufgang + Subotovsky Architecture and Planning
    • AMC Engineering PLLC
    • Environmental Business Consultants

    This former commercial laundry and gas station/auto repair site was developed by The Arker Companies and remediated under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program.  The property, located in Richmond Hill, Queens, is now occupied by a six-story, 65-unit building set aside for seniors, with 20 percent of the units set aside for formerly homeless households.  The project was developed through a 50-year regulatory agreement with NYS HCR, using a complex network of funding sources including NYCHDC, NYCHPD, NYSERDA, NYSHCR, Bank of America, and deferred developer fees.  The project also received NYS brownfield tax credits.  Coordinating these multiple funding sources involved a combination of timing and balancing, requiring the development team to track and meet all submittal requirements and deadlines.

    Project Location:

    1224 Prospect Ave., Bronx

    Project Team:

    • Prospect Court, LLC
    • Great American Construction Corp.
    • Ecosystems Strategies, Inc.
    • Morris Associates Engineering Consultants

    Remediation at this former gas station and auto repair shop was performed under the NYSDEC BCP and included excavation of soil and bedrock, removal of underground gasoline tanks, topical application of RegenOx ™ and injection of PersulfOx TM, and installation of injection laterals, terminating in dispersion pits dug into the bedrock.  The configuration of the laterals allowed the injected oxidant to pool in the pits and enter the bedrock fractures and enabled multiple applications of oxidant.  The ongoing groundwater remediation has resulted in significant reduction in total volatile organic contaminant mass and engineering and institutional controls will prevent exposure of building residents to soil vapor and groundwater contaminants.  A Certification of Completion was issued by NYSDEC and the ongoing construction will result in an eight-story residential building with 58 units, twelve of which will be set aside for formerly homeless families.

    Project Location:

    Bright’N Green, Brooklyn

    Project Team:

    • Scarano Realty, LLC
    • Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.
    • Rizzo Environmental Services
    • M Square Construction, Inc.
    • Laurel Environmental Associates, Ltd.

    This project, partially located on the site of a former racetrack in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, was developed by Scarano Realty, LLC, and remediated under NYCOER’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The Track 1 cleanup enabled installation of an underground earth tube air pre-tempering system, which allows the fresh air entering the building to be conditioned by the uniform temperature of the subsurface.  Additional features of this compact urban structure include a rainwater collection system, gray and black on-site water treatment, and the use of the Cupolex system to provide sub slab capping and depressurization and eliminate the need for backfill within the building envelope, thereby reducing the number of truck trips associated with the project.  Bright ‘n Green has also received numerous awards and recognition including Net Zero Energy Status, possible LEED Platinum perfect score submission, Green Globes certification, EPA Water and Air Sense Recognition, Passive House Certification and NYSERDA Multifamily and Energy Star Rating.

    Project Location:

    4-56 47th Road, Queens

    Project Team:

    • Empire State Development Agency
    • AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
    • Fleming-Lee Shue, Inc.

    Redevelopment of this site was a public-private partnership between Queens West Development Corporation and AvalonBay Communities.  Remediation, completed under the NYSDEC BCP, addressed contaminants associated with the prior use of coal tar in the on-site manufacture of roofing products.  NYSDEC designated Parcel 8 as a Significant Threat Site based upon the presence of an estimated 47,000 pounds of contaminants. Remediation of soil and groundwater at this site was the first use of the RemMetrik SM process, combining estimates of contaminant mass and physical location with use of subsurface pressure waves to open the pore space within the aquifer, resulting in more effective targeting and distribution of the treatment chemicals.  The resulting contaminant mass reduction exceeded the 90 percent reduction goal set by NYSDEC.  The site is slated for future use as a public library.

    Project Location:

    383 East 162nd Street, Bronx

    Project Team:

    • Courtlandt Crescent Associated, L.P.
    • Phipps Houses
    • CA Rich Consultants, Inc.
    • Monadnock Construction
    • Dattner Architects

    This project is located within the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Area in the Bronx and was developed by Courtlandt Crescent Associates, L.P.  The redevelopment area, a former collection of commercial, residential, industrial and vacant lots, was remediated under the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program. The end result will be a two-building development with 217 units of low-income affordable housing units, a daycare center and a 9,700- square foot landscaped courtyard. The project is consistent with the Melrose Commons Urban Renewal Plan, developed with extensive input from City government, residents, elected officials and community organizations. The developer for Courtlandt Crescent worked with the local Community Board to market the new housing units and Community Board preference will be given for 50 percent of the units.

    2013 Abbey Duncan Brownfield Scholarship Recipients

    • Eric Carlsen, Brooklyn College
    • John Driscoll, City College of NY
    • Eliza Eckstein, City College of NY
    • Danielle Hagans, Brooklyn College
    • Ezazul Haque, York College
    • Sean Martin, Queens College
    • Ethan Middlebrooks, CUNY School of Law
    • Jessica Miller, Brooklyn College
    • Tracey Sheu, Hunter College
    • Kishan Singh, Brooklyn College
    • Suzanne Stempel, Brooklyn College
    • Kimberly White, Baruch College
    • Sarah Vorsanger, Hunter College

    2012-2013 NYC Brownfield Partnership Interns

    • Alexandra Adams, New York Law School
    • Ann Aquilina, Stevens Institute of Technology
    • Cecily Goodrich, Brooklyn Law School
    • Alan Grotheer, The New School
    • Jullee Kim, Brooklyn Law School
    • Rupa Magar, New York Institute of Technology
    • Samantha Morris, University of Southern California
    • Vignesh Ramakrishnan, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Chase Sandler, Brooklyn Law School
    • Naomi Wasserman, Barnard College
    • Jiang Yili, Queens College
  • 7 Feb 2013 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new 2013-14 Executive Budget proposes $22 million for two brownfield programs that are crucial to community revitalization. Pending legislative approval, the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program will receive $10 million, and the Environmental Remediation Program (ERP) will be reactivated with a $10 – $12 million appropriation. Meanwhile, reforms of the Brownfield Tax Credits, which expire at the end of 2015, are underway. Administration officials say that the tax credit  revisions and changes to the Brownfield Cleanup Program can be expected in the coming weeks.

    Credit: New Partners for Community Revitalization


  • 3 May 2012 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 3, 2012, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its fourth annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the NYU School of Law.  The Partnership recognized three of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects.

    Project Location:

    Food Center Drive Hunts Point, Bronx, NY 10474

    Project Team:

    • New York City Economic Development Corporation
    • Anheuser-Busch
    • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

    Project Location:

    1778-1800 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460

    Project Team:

    • Exact Capital LLC
    • Joy Construction Corporation
    • SoBRO
    • Environmental Business Consultants (EBC)
    • AMC Engineering
    • Body-Lawson Architects and Planners PC

    Project Location:

    700 Brook Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455

    Project Team:

    • Phipps Houses
    • Jonathan Rose Companies
    • Dattner Architects
    • Grimshaw Architects
    • CA RICH Consultants, Inc.
  • 12 Sep 2011 1:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OER has proposed changes to the Brownfield Incentive Grant rule and invites public comment on the proposed amendments by October 3, 2011.

    The proposed revisions would clarify the role of qualified vendors; require site contractors who perform cleanup work to insure, but not indemnify the city; and relax the requirement of limited liability companies that seek grant funds to notify the city of their shareholders.

    To read the proposed amendments, please click here.

    To comment on the proposed amendments, send comments to: nycrules_oer@cityhall.nyc.gov

    Have a question, contact Office of Environmental Remediation at brownfields@cityhall.nyc.gov

    Office of Environmental Remediation

    253 Broadway, 14th Floor

    New York, NY 10007


  • 28 Jun 2011 1:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 25, 2011, the NYC Brownfield Partnership held its third annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards at the NYU School of Law.  City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award for her work advancing brownfield cleanup in NYC including unanimous passage of the NYC Brownfield Bill in 2009 by the NYC Council and support for the city-state collaborative agreement on liability protection in 2010.

    We recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects:

    • Green Building Award – Atlantic Terrace
    • Affordable Housing Award – La Terraza
    • Sustainable Remediation Award – New Fulton Fish Market
    • Economic Development Award – Harlem River Yards
    • Collaboration Award – Pratt Institute

    In addition, Venetia Lannon, the new Regional Director of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation NYC Office, delivered the keynote speech, and the Partnership recognized its 2011 Brownfield Interns and Abbey Duncan Brownfield Scholars.

  • 20 Apr 2011 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 25, 2011, the NYC Brownfield Partnership will host its third annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the NYU School of Law.  The Partnership will recognize five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects.

    Reception sponsored by AKRF, Inc.

    At the site of the abandoned Penn Central Railyard, the Harlem River Yards Ventures faced the challenge of cleaning up contaminants that included abandoned underground tanks, lead and other metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons related to coal and ash, and asbestos.  The entire site was covered with fill or topsoil, and the new Harlem River Yard Intermodal Transportation and Distribution Center was built on top.

    Harlem River Yards directly and indirectly created 700 jobs and created key railroad infrastructure that serves the NY Post, FedEx, and the City by providing a truck-to-rail waste transfer facility.

    Created to replace the old Fulton Fish Market formerly located in southern Manhattan, the New Fulton Fish Market site in the Bronx was formerly a manufactured gas plant.  Earlier operations had left coal tar, purifier waste, and a petroleum plume that affected three acres of groundwater and that all required remediation.  The contaminated material was removed from the site, or recycled and reused on-site whenever possible.

    The project employed innovative techniques and incinerated the waste to create energy using a waste-to-energy plant in Buffalo, NY.  The contaminated coal tar that was incinerated at the facility reduced waste volume by over 90% and created approximately 7.6 MW of electricity, providing enough electricity to power 10,000 homes for three months.

    The La Terraza site was formerly vacant land and an abandoned single story building previously used as a store, upholstery business, and dry cleaner.  The dry cleaner operation left the solvent tetrachloroethene as a contaminant in the soil and groundwater. Remediation consisted of chemical treatment and a groundwater pump and treat system.

    La Terraza is now an 8-story building with 107 affordable housing units, all allocated for families and individuals earning under 60% of the Area Median Income.  Residents also have access to a below-grade parking structure, a shared courtyard, retail space, and community facility space.

    The Atlantic Terrace housing development occupies land where a gas station operated until 1969, and was then vacant until 2007.  The remedial investigation identified an earlier on-site petroleum spill. Remedial methods included soil removal, the installation of a vapor barrier, and post remediation groundwater monitoring.

    The building is on track for LEED Gold certification. Its extensive green building elements include an efficient HVAC system, high-performance windows, a well-insulated exterior wall, locally and sustainably harvested kitchen and bathroom fixtures, Energy Star compliant lighting, and low-flow water fixtures.  Atlantic Terrace encourages public and alternative transportation through its proximity to the subway, and the preferred parking rates it offers to tenants with fuel efficient vehicles.

    Myrtle Hall of the Pratt Institute is located at the site of a former fast food restaurant in Brooklyn.  Remedial activity included the removal of contaminated soils and the installation of a concrete cap.  Underground storage tanks were also cleaned and removed before being disposed of at a metals recycling plant.

    Myrtle Hall is now an administrative and academic building.  Its construction was a collaboration among the Pratt Institute, the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

  • 22 Jun 2010 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On June 21, 2010, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its second annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the New York University School of Law and recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects.  Awards were presented in the categories of Open Space, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Green Building, and Affordable Housing.

    In addition, the Partnership presented the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award to Council Member James F. Gennaro for his work on brownfields in New York City and recognized the 2010 recipients of the Brownfields Scholarships and Internships. Click here to download the full awards newsletter!

  • 21 Jun 2010 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On June 21, 2010, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its second annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the New York University School of Law and recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects.  Awards were presented in the categories of Open Space, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Green Building, and Affordable Housing.

    Located on White Plains Road, the Bronx Park Apartments is a 7-story mixed-use building consisting of 74 units of affordable housing and approximately 11,000 square feet of commercial space on a former gas station and auto repair shop site. The retail component of the building is being leased to a major supermarket chain, a much needed amenity that was pursued by local residents. The business is anticipated to create approximately 50 permanent jobs for managers, warehouse workers, grocery workers, and administrative staff.

    Collaborative Partners: The Arker Companie; Phillips Nizer, LLP; Hugo S. Subotovsky, AIA; Environmental Business Consultants; AMC Engineering

    Frank Gehry’s innovative IAC headquarters demonstrates excellence in synergy between brownfield redevelopment and green building design.  The site, which housed a manufactured gas plant during the 19th century, posed remedial and construction challenges due to contaminated soil and groundwater.  After environmental concerns were properly addressed, the subsequent building design integrated innovative approaches to water and energy use reduction including, among other elements, a computer driven shade control system to monitor daylight and constructing the building’s roof with a highly reflective material to reduce the building’s overall heat load.

    Collaborative Partners: The Georgetown Company; Gehry Partners; Adamson Associates; Environmental Liability Management, LLC; Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.; Turner Construction and Urban Construction

    The Atlantic Avenue Apartment Complex, located on a former 50,628 square foot vacant lot in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, is the product of successful remedial and redevelopment efforts. The property had been vacant since the 1970s. The project was only the fourth multi-family, high-rise building in the country to receive Energy-star certification from the USEPA through NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program (it beat the baseline efficiency of ASHRAE 90.1 by 20%). The 150-unit complex now offers a spacious community room, a beautifully landscaped yard, a children’s play area and a daycare service. Apartments have been rented to households in four income tiers serving families with a broad range of incomes from 40% of Area Median Income (HUD’s annual calculation by county) to 90% of AMI.

    Collaborative Partners: Dunn Development Corp; MHANY Management, Inc.; HLS Builders Corp.; SLCE Architects, LLP; CA Rich Consultants, Inc.

    Concurrent with American Airlines’ $1.3 billion terminal redevelopment project at JFK International Airport, URS Corp. and American Airlines collaborated to remediate subsurface environmental contamination at Concourses A and B caused by aged infrastructure.  In total, approximately 300,000 gallons of free product and 18 million gallons of groundwater were remediated.

    Collaborative Partners: American Airlines; URS Corporation

    Family owned for four generations, the Atlas Terminals Industrial Park housed a number of industries from 1922 to the 1980s. Damon Hemmerdinger, a fourth-generation developer, was interested in cleaning the property and converting it to a more productive use.  In the true spirit of community outreach, the owner wanted to give back to the same community that had sustained his family’s Atlas Terminals Industrial Park for four generations. The Shops at Atlas Park, known as a lifestyle center, the first of its kind in New York State, includes more than two acres of  public recreational open space in the center of the development that is surrounded by retail specialty shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. The Shops at Atlas Park is both an entertainment and shopping destination designed to significantly enhance the lifestyle of residents in the immediate Glendale, Forest Hills and Middle Village areas as well as residents throughout the five boroughs and beyond.

    Collaborative Partners: ATCO Properties & Management, Inc.; A&Co, LLC; Langan Environmental & Engineering Services, P.C.; Knauf Shaw LLP

  • 21 Apr 2009 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 13, 2009 the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its first annual Brownfields Award Ceremony, and recognized eight of New York’s most outstanding brownfield projects.

    A blighted area with urban fill contamination, an underground storage tank, rundown buildings, vacant lots, and rat infestation was transformed to a vibrant mixed-use destination area and community. This project created 700 jobs, 699 apartments, 175 affordable apartments, 181 parking spots, 116,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and 42,700 square feet for a community center.

    Collaborative Partners: AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; AKRF, Inc.; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; SLCE Architects

    Underutilized for 30 to 40 years with vacant lots, rundown buildings and railroad tracks, this brownfield was transformed into 627 residential units within two “Certified Green” buildings, 13,400 square feet open park space, 4,000 squarefeet retail, 10,000 square feet health club facility, two existing performing arts theater companies with seven condominiums on top, and an arcade.

    Collaborative Partners: The Dermot Company; Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, P.C.; Knauf Shaw, LLP; FXFowle; Bovis Lend Lease LMB

    A former gasoline station and existing automobile repair shop, located in an underutilized neighborhood, was transformed into a residential building with 110 low-income units including common spaces, 6,800 square feet of commercial space, and plans for a park across the street.

    Collaborative Partners: BX Parkview Associates LLC; L&M Development Partners Inc.; Melrose Associates LLC; We Stay/Nos Quedamos; Ecosystems Strategies, Inc.; Bryan Cave, LLP; Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC

    Randall’s Island, formerly a salt water and freshwater wetland, was used as a dumping ground for construction debris since the mid-1800’s. The site was transformed into a salt marsh and a freshwater wetland for recreation, education, and a new habitat for all kinds of plant and wildlife.

    Collaborative Partners: Randall’s Island Sports Foundation; New York City Economic Development Corporation; Galvin Brothers; Scenic Design, Inc.; Mercator LLC

    An underutilized gated former gas storage and transfer facility site was transformed into a much needed park-a place of refuge for the Queens community. Elmhurst Park upon completion will have over 650 trees planted, a comfort station with bathroom facilities, multi-use performance spaces, play spray fountains, and a children’s playground.

    Collaborative Partners: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; National Grid

    Despite formerly being a Rheingold Brewery site, this site was vacant and underutilized by 1996. The site has since been transformed into a 500 plus residential complex with rental apartments, condominiums, two and three family homes, and cooperatives. The site is also home to a community center, retail and office space, a senior center, and a not-for-profit home attendant program.

    Collaborative Partners: Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, Inc.; Impact Environmental; The Bluestone Group; Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC; David Lawrence Mammina Architecture

    An underutilized site contaminated by former underground storage tanks and a dry cleaner transformed into an apartment building managed by Jewish Home Lifecare, the largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living homecare providers. The Kenneth Gladstone Building is six stories with 49 one bedroom unit apartments along with common areas for laundry, group activities, recreation, and dining.

    Collaborative Partners: Jewish Home Lifecare; US Department of Housing and Urban Development; J.R. Holzmacher; Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP; New York State DEC; New York State DOH

    This former gas station and parking lot was transformed into an eight story mixed-use building with 16,200 square feet of retail and 100 affordable units of workforce housing.

    Collaborative Partners: The Arker Company; Environmental Business Consultants; Coastal Builders Corporation; ESQ; P.W. Grosser Consulting, Inc.; AIA

  • 14 Apr 2009 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 13, 2009, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its first annual Brownfields Award Ceremony, and recognized New York’s most outstanding brownfield projects in eight categories representing facets of brownfields redevelopment.

    “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the people who are achieving important brownfield milestones in our City.  Your visionary endeavors, tenacious advocacy, and hard work have led to projects and programs that realize sustainability goals set forth in PlaNYC,” said keynote speaker Edward Skyler, NYC Deputy Mayor for Operations.

    PlaNYC, which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled on Earth Day 2007, presents a comprehensive blueprint for greening and growing the city and its services. The cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites accounts for 11 of the plans’ 127 initiatives.

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