Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the designation of 11 new Brownfield Opportunity Areas in communities across New York State, including one area in Glen Cove. The program helps participants develop revitalization strategies focused on returning dormant and blighted areas into productive communities of economic growth and development. Projects in these areas will be given priority status for grants and the project developers may access additional Brownfield Cleanup Program tax credit incentives.
“These designations are a vital first step in transforming and revitalizing lands left to ruin in communities across the Empire State,” said Cuomo. “Despite being ignored for years, these sites each have tremendous potential for developing local economies and this new status gives these areas greater access to state resources needed to get projects underway as soon as possible.”
In Glen Cove, the Orchard Neighborhood is one of the sites chosen. This consists of an approximately 109-acre area characterized by more than 10 potential Brownfield sites and bounded by Cedar Swamp Road, the LIRR right-of-way and the southern property line of the industrial parcels on Sea Cliff Avenue and including the former Coles School. The majority of the BOA is in the City of Glen Cove, but the area includes a small portion of land in the Town of Oyster Bay. The primary community revitalization objectives include remediating contaminated sites; providing affordable housing; attracting private investment; increasing employment opportunities; and improving infrastructure. A $150,000 BOA Program grant financed planning activities.
Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said, “I am pleased with the designation of our Orchard Neighborhood BOA. This program will allow us to implement planning strategies to put underutilized, blighted and vacant properties back to productive reuse as well as putting them back on the tax rolls. We are starting with the long vacant Coles Elementary School built in 1930 that sits on approximately 3.975 acres and is located not far from the Glen Cove Long Island Railroad Station.”
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said, “I congratulate the City of Glen Cove for its work to revitalize the Orchard neighborhood and am confident that the improvements will also benefit the Town of Oyster Bay, which borders the Glen Cove BOA.”
The New York Department of State accepted the nominations for these Brownfield Opportunity Areas and has determined they meet the necessary requirements and criteria for designation.
New York State Secretary of State Cesar Perales said, “These new designations will spur the collaboration of public and private investment and will continue to serve as a model for reinvigorating local New York communities by improving and utilizing brownfield opportunity areas.”
President of the New Partners for Community Renewal Val Washington said, “Community resolve and hard work are paying off with the increasing number of designated Brownfield Opportunity Areas across the State. Neighborhoods plagued with contaminated sites and a lack of economic vitality are now engaging investors in their revitalization.”