By Jean Hamerman, Deputy Director
Collaboration and diversification of resources and expertises were key messages echoed at Driving Revitalization Through Redevelopment and Resiliency workshop organized by the Center for Creative Land Recycling held on December 4, 2018 at the Viana Hotel in Westbury, NY. Over 110 people attended this unique workshop to learn about the trends in Long Island redevelopment and to mingle with leading state experts to turn community blights into admired spaces for economic development and sustainable living.
The “Defending Shoreline” panel provided critical information about programs and specific measures being funded and implemented on Long Island in response to climate impacts.
The morning keynote, Congressman Tom Suozzi, spoke about the importance of a supporting the long vision and developing a solid plan. He stated that no one cares as much about your project as you do so it is up to you to drive and push through the initiative. The Congressman spoke about the need to collaborate with many different government departments and gain input from the developers and community early on.
Left: "State Updates" panel featuring Sarah Stern Crowell, Karen Gomez, Rick Clarkson, Jane O'Connell and Christine Leas.
Right: Attendees of Driving Revitalization Through Redevelopment and Resiliency.
Other speakers reinforced similar themes of building strategic partnerships and involving developers as early on as possible in the plan to gain valuable insights and accelerate the process. NYS DEC provided the latest information on changes to brownfield regulations,emerging contaminants and utilizing fill materials. NYS Department of State reviewed the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) programs, with new grant funding for BOAs expected in early 2019. Speakers on the “Show Me the Money” panel highlighted the diverse sources of capital need to build your financing stack including tax incentives like the Brownfield Cleanup Program or New Markets Tax Credits, and NY State grant funding through the Consolidated Funding Application and other programs.
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Here are resources and powerpoints from the workshop.
Welcome Slides by Jean Hamerman | Center for Creative Land Recycling
Defending Shorelines and Building Resiliency
Maggie Hopkins | AKRF Inc.
Greg Capobianco | Director, Division of Community Resiliency and Regional Programs, NYS Department of State
Jeanmarie Buffett | Director, Community Reconstruction- Long Island and Infrastructure Programs, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
Sean Sallie | Deputy Commissioner Planning, Nassau County
Hear it Here: Updates on State Programs, Policies and Regulations
Christine Leas | Sive Paget, Riesel
Jane O’Connell | NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Karen Gomez | Regional Engineer -Water & Remediation, NYS DEC
Rick Clarkson | NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Sarah Stern Crowell | NYS Department of State
Show Me the Money:Funding Redevelopment
Jack Martins | Member, Harris Beach
Cara Longsworth | Regional Director, Empire State Development
Kevin Gremse | Senior Director, National Development Council
Mike Tyszko | Bousquet Holstein + Resource
Developing Tough Sites: Overcoming Obstacles for Redevelopment
Gary Rozmus | Senior Consultant, GEI Consultants
Matt Kapell | Director, Suffolk County Planning & Environment
Lionel Chitty | Oyster Bay/ Hicksville Chamber of Commerce
Marty Dettling | Senior VP, Albanese Organization
Christopher Capece | VP, Development, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Thank you again to our sponsors: AKRF, Sive Paget Riesel, GEI Consultants, Bousquet Holstein, Harris Beach, GZA, Wood, EKI, Environmental Liability Transfer, Actio Corporate Asset Advisors.