Creating Green Buffers in the Greenpoint Industrial Area: A Community Planning Initiative 2020-03-06T18:19:25+00:00

Project Description

Creating Green Buffers in the Greenpoint Industrial Area: A Community Planning Initiative

Project Lead: New York City Soil and Water Conservation District
Project Partners: New York City Audubon Society; McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; and Evergreen: Your North Brooklyn Business Exchange
Project Location: Industrial area bounded by Norman Avenue, Nassau Avenue, Kingsland Street and Van Dam Street
GCEF Grant: $97,675
Matching Contribution: $25,230
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $122,905
Project Completed: May 2018
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In 2015, through a competitive process, the New York City Soil and Water Conservation District received a $97,675 GCEF grant (and provided $25,230 in matching funds) to engage Greenpoint business owners and operators, and residents in a planning initiative for the industrial area of Eastern Greenpoint. The initiative focused on creating more natural habitats in the community and adding “green infrastructure” (i.e., in ground planting, above ground planters, green walls, etc.) to reduce the amount of storm water entering the sewer system. Major project activities included conducting outreach thru methods including the distribution of fact sheets and providing opportunities for walking tours, to introduce residents and businesses to the problems associated with storm water and the related benefits of green infrastructure, and the value of natural habitats for native birds and plants. The project also sought to recruit residents and members of the business community to participate in a collaborative planning process to develop a greening plan for Eastern Greenpoint’s industrial area. After consultation with the community thru community workshops, project partners conducted project surveys and compiled existing environmental data for the area to inform siting of potential natural habitats and green infrastructure. Subsequently, the project partners developed a greening plan with potential project implementation strategies (permitting, funding, local capacity, etc.). In March of 2018, a public meeting was held for community members, businesses, and public officials to share the plan.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Hosted 4 public events to inform the community about the impacts of stormwater and combined sewer overflow (CSO), and the benefits of natural habitats and “green infrastructure”
  • Produced 4 fact sheets on storm water, water quality, native plants and migratory and nesting birds which were distributed to the community
  • Held two community workshops to develop a greening plan
  • Conducted an environmental conditions assessment to inform siting of potential natural habitats and green infrastructure sites
  • Reached out to more than 100 businesses in the study area, met with dozens of business owners and managers and identified 8 with an interest in greening projects, including a truck repair business on Bridgewater Street, a stone distributor and a sheet metal contractor on Morgan Avenue, a kitchen construction company on Kingsland Avenue and a woodworking business on Sutton Street
  • Developed a greening plan for the industrial area of Greenpoint which was presented to the community in 2018
PROJECT PRODUCTS