The Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program is a New York State Department of State, Office of Communities and Waterfronts grant program that provides funding assistance to communities for activities related to in the creation of neighborhood revitalization plans for areas affected by multiple brownfield sites and economic distress. Through a community supported planning process, the BOA program is intended to help communities formulate effective strategies to return vacant and underutilized sites and areas back to productive use while simultaneously restoring environmental quality.
The goal of the BOA program enables communities to:
- Address the range of problems and community development opportunities created by a concentration of multiple brownfields
- Build consensus and a shared community vision for the future of the area and the reuse and redevelopment of brownfield, vacant, abandoned, and underutilized sites
- Develop the public-private sector partnerships necessary to leverage investment in clean-up and redevelopment of strategic sites for neighborhood revitalization
The program consists of three steps:
- Step 1: Pre-Nomination Study
Preliminary analysis of existing conditions and justification of study area boundaries
- Step 2: Nomination
In-depth analysis, including economic and market trends analysis, of existing conditions and concludes with recommendations to advance redevelopment of strategic sites and revitalize the area
- Step 3: Implementation Strategy
Exploration of the techniques and actions to implement the area-wide plan and compliance with SEQRA
In New York City, Brownfield Opportunity Area programs have been funded across the five boroughs. To learn more about the BOA program please visit the Department of State, Office of Communities & Waterfronts.