A principle component of the BOA work is public outreach and public participation in the planning process. Our goal is to reach community consensus on a vision for the future of these neighborhoods.
On September 13th and 15th, 2012, Northfield Community LDC and City Planning held Open Houses to present our research on the area’s existing conditions. The meeting was held on Port Richmond Avenue at the former Wexler’s Furniture Store, The gallery style open houses presented a series of maps with information on the area’s infrastructure, zoning, land uses, transportation systems, demographics, community facilities, natural features, open space and other aspects of the physical environmental and built environment for the entire Port Richmond study area. The goal of these Open Houses was to provide a baseline of information to all interested stakeholders and for the community to confirm this research and identify where additional information was needed. The Preservation League of Staten Island provided historic walking tours of Port Richmond Avenue during the events.
Community Visioning Exercises
In March 2013, three Community Visioning Workshops were held on Port Richmond Avenue at the United Cerebral Palsy Center. The sessions were well attended with a mix of residents, business owners, property owners and students participating in three exercises:
- Waterfront Destination: with the goal of reconnecting Port Richmond avenue to the working waterfront, participants provided pros and cons for different hypothetical land use scenarios on the waterfront.
- Commercial Core: in order to attract retailers and customers to Port Richmond Avenue, participants were asked to identify elements of the street, sidewalk design and buildings that helped make the street a destination as well as elements preventing the street from being more successful.
- Southern Anchors: to better connect anchor businesses on the southern end of the study area to the commercial core on Port Richmond Avenue, participants matched land uses and density to places in the study area that they thought would strengthen retail and pedestrian activity.
In June of 2013, Northfield Community LDC and City Planning presented the draft recommendations for sub-area A of the Port Richmond BOA at three community meetings. These meetings included Community District One’s Mariners Harbor/Port Richmond Area committee meeting, a meeting at Northfield Community LDC as a supplement to the Port Richmond Board of Trade meeting, and at the Port Richmond Anti-Violence Task Force Friendship Dinner.