The Kosciuszko Bridge Design Project 2020-06-10T17:52:25+00:00

Project Description

The Kosciuszko Bridge Design Project

Under the K Promo
Project Lead: North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn)
Project Partners: Billion Oysters Project; Brooklyn Greenway Initiative; City Parks Foundation; Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning; LaGuardia Community College; McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; North Brooklyn Neighbors (formerly Neighbors Allied for Good Growth); Newtown Creek Alliance; New York City Audubon Society/Kingsland Wildflowers; New York City Soil and Water Conservation District; New York State Department of Transportation; North Brooklyn Community Boathouse (formerly North Brooklyn Boat Club); Waterfront Alliance
Project Location: Under the new Kosciuszko Bridge as it arches over Newtown Creek; On the Brooklyn side along Cherry Street bounded by Scott and Stewart Avenues to the west and east respectively
Total GCEF Funding $163,275
GCEF Grant $100,000
2019 Budget Addition: $63,275
Matching Contribution: $26,250
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $189,525
Project Completed: July 2019
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In 2018, through a competitive process, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (NBPA, formerly Open Space Alliance) was awarded $100,000 in GCEF funding (and provided $26,250 in matching funds) to further develop a four-phase “Under the Kosciuzko Bridge” Design Project aimed at converting 4 acres of formerly industrial area under the Kosciuszko Bridge into a multiple use public parkland and new green space for the Greenpoint community. Before GCEF funding was received, phase one of the project was conducted and consisted of a community design visioning process to develop community-based ideas. GCEF funds were used to complete phase two of the project, which involved design and sustainability planning for the project. NBPA solicited proposals from various landscape architecture firms and ultimately partnered with Public Work, a Toronto based landscape architecture firm with relevant experience. NBPA also engaged HR&A Advisors, a New York City based real estate and economic development consulting firm, to consider potential financial models and revenue generating strategies that could be implemented to support future maintenance and operating costs.

More information about the “Under the Kosciuszko Bridge” project can be found on the NBPA website  at: https://nbkparks.org/underthek/

In August of 2019, New York State announced that it was handing over 7 acres of land beneath the Kosciuszko Bridge (the original 4 acres plus an additional 3 acres adjacent to the Newtown Creek), $6 million in funding to NBPA to begin implementing the project design and developing the first portion of the parcel, and spending  an additional $1 million for paving and prep work. “Under the K” as the project will be known, is expected to begin programming in the late spring or early summer of 2020.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISMENTS
  • Held stakeholder meetings with New York State government entities to inform early design concepts and revenue strategies
  • Held a public community design workshop where an initial design framework was presented to the community and feedback was solicited
  • Held a public unveiling of the design plans attended by 100 community members
  • Reached an agreement with the state to develop 7 acres of land beneath the Kosciuszko Bridge and received $6 million in funding to develop the first phase of the parcel
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