On Monday, April 4, the New York State Attorney General’s Office released a draft list of projects along the Queens and Brooklyn border that will receive the $7 million in allocated funds promised by the city after a botched effort to clean up the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Although the state has selected the projects, residents’ opinions are still welcomed. On Wednesday, April 20, the state is inviting residents to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Visitor Center at 329 Greenpoint Avenue in Brooklyn to give their reaction to the list, as well as give the state suggestions on how to proceed.
Residents voted in December on the projects they wanted to see implemented. After going over the votes with the City Parks Foundation, the agency overseeing the voting, the state selected four primary projects and three secondary projects.
The primary projects have been ranked by the state according to their priority for implementation. They are the projects which the state feels most feasible and most important to begin working on.
Number one on the state’s primary project list is the Greenpoint Boat House and Environmental Education Center to be located at the GMDC Building on Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn. The project is expected to receive the largest allocation of $3 million.
Second on the list is the Wetlands Rehabilitation project along Newtown Creek’s bulkheads in Brooklyn and Queens. The project is expected to receive $500,000.
The Dutch Kills Basin Park Acquisition along 47th Avenue, east of 27th Street to 29th Street in Long Island City was listed third despite the December tallies, which showed that of all the projects, residents wanted this project to be built most. The proposed park would have an athletic field and a community center. The state is looking at allocating $2 million to the project.
The fourth primary project is the tree planting and storm water management in Greenpoint, Maspeth and Long Island City. The state is allocating $500,000 toward it.
The secondary projects will be put in place after the primary projects are implemented or deemed infeasible.
The Pulaski Bridge Study to increase the space for pedestrians ranks number one on this list. The state would allocate $1 million toward it. The McCarren Park Renovation along Nassau Avenue, Bayard Street, Leonard Street and North 12th Street in Brooklyn ranked second with $2 million to be put toward the renovation. The St. Savior’s site in Maspeth, which includes building a new park along Rust and 58th Streets ranked third with a $1.2 million allocation.
The state’s decisions are still not final. The public meeting aims to continue the community input and the state is open to suggestions.