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OER Government Programs Named Among the Five Most Innovative in the U.S. in 2015 by the Harvard Kennedy School

In October 2015, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation selected the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) as one of five finalists for the 2015 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its programs to cleanup and revitalize vacant land in low-income communities in NYC. The Ash Center recognized the novelty, effectiveness, significance, and transferability of OER’s Vacant Land Cleanup and Redevelopment Initiative, which encompasses the office’s social equity and cleanup efforts. OER also received a grant to help expand these programs to other local governments.

NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program Enrolls 375th Cleanup Project

In December 2015, OER enrolled the 375th project in its Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). Eighty-two of these projects will provide over 5,300 new units of safe affordable or supportive housing for New Yorkers. Overall, new developments on these properties will result in over $10 billion in new private investment and over 7,000 permanent jobs. The VCP was launched in 2011 and is the only municipally run cleanup program in the U.S. Ninety projects are now completed. These projects include over 170 tax lots, with an average vacancy of over 10 years. For more information on the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program, contact OER Director Daniel Walsh at contact OER.

NYC Clean Soil Bank Receives New York State Environmental Excellence Award

The NYC Clean Soil Bank program was awarded the 2015 Environmental Excellence Award by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The award was presented by DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to OER Director Daniel Walsh and Clean Soil Bank Program Manager Samantha Morris at a ceremony held in Albany in November 2015.

NYC Clean Soil Bank Surpasses 250,000 Tons of Soil Recycled

In February 2016, OER’s NYC Clean Soil Bank surpassed 250,000 tons of soil recycled since its launch in 2013. The Clean Soil Bank has lowered transport distances by over 1.6 million miles, reduced fuel consumption and lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 3,700 metric tons. The program has saved City government $4 million in soil purchase costs and has lowered costs by $17 million for projects overall. For more information about the NYC Clean Soil Bank, please contact Katherine Glass at contact OER.

Study Evaluating Use of Clean Soil Bank to Remediate Community Gardens Shows Excellent Results

A pilot program studying the use of clean native soil from the NYC Clean Soil Bank to improve soil quality in community gardens was completed in Fall 2015 and showed excellent results in three community gardens in Brooklyn. The soil bank enabled reduction of lead content by up to 97% in garden soil. The addition of compost to the soil enabled high yield of test crops. The study was a collaboration of OER, Brooklyn College and Green Thumb/NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Special thanks to York Laboratories, which provided pro bono analytic services for the pilot program. For more information, contact Alysha Alfieri at contact OER.

175th Property Receives NYC Green Property Certification

The NYC Green Property Certification program operated by OER has now awarded over 175 tax lots in the City with the Green Property Certification plaque. This certification is issued to properties that complete land study and remediation in the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program and symbolizes the City's confidence that the property and new buildings are among the safest places in New York City to live and work. For more information, please contact Noel Anderson at contact OER.

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Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation Announces Completion of Environmental Cleanup in Sugar Hill

OER Director Daniel Walsh today announced the completion of environmental cleanup on 400 West 155th Street in Sugar Hill, Manhattan. The 169,333 square foot remediated property will be occupied by a new 13-story mixed-use building with 124 residential units of permanent, rent-stabilized affordable housing, The Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and offices for non-profit organizations on the lower floors. The development is led by Broadway Housing Development Fund Company, Inc. The property was previously occupied by a parking lot and will now receive the New York City Green Property Certification, which demonstrates that it is among the safest places in New York City to live and work. The cleanup was managed by ATC Associates Inc. The redevelopment employed 91 construction workers and will create 26 permanent jobs.

For more information about this project please download the information flyer for 400 West 155th Street (in PDF).

Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation Announces Completion of Environmental Cleanup in Harlem

OER Director Daniel Walsh today announced the completion of environmental cleanup on 125st Street in Harlem. The 38,180 square foot remediated property will be occupied by a new seven story building with commercial space with the retail operations on the buildings lower floors. The development is led by 125th Street Equities. The property was occupied by a vacant seven story building and will now receive the New York City Green Property Certification, which demonstrates that it is among the safest places in New York City to live and work. The cleanup was managed by Roux Associates, Inc.

For more information about this project please download the information flyer for 81 East 125th Street (in PDF).

Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation Announces Completion of Environmental Cleanup For Affordable Housing in Jamaica, Queens

OER Director Daniel Walsh today announced the completion of environmental cleanup on 161st Street in Jamaica, Queens. The 18,300 square foot remediated property will be occupied by two 9-story and 12-story towers with 100 affordable residential units. The development is led by Bluestone Jamaica I, LLC. The environmental remediation was supported by $100,000 in cleanup grants from the NYC Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program. The property was occupied by various commercial/residential buildings and a parking lot and will now receive the New York City Green Property Certification, which demonstrates that it is among the safest places in New York City to live and work. The cleanup was managed by ERM Consulting & Engineering, Inc. The redevelopment employed 26 construction workers and will create 25 permanent jobs.

For more information about this project please download the information flyer for 90-14 161st Street (in PDF).

Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation Announces Completion of Environmental Cleanup in Staten Island

OER Director Daniel Walsh today announced the completion of environmental cleanup on Fillmore Street in Staten Island. The 8,300 square foot remediated property will be occupied by three 2-story single family homes. The development is led by Platinum Development Realty, LLC. The environmental remediation was supported by $35,000 in cleanup grants from the NYC Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program. The property will now receive the New York City Green Property Certification, which demonstrates that it is among the safest places in New York City to live and work. The cleanup was managed by Hydrotech Environmental, Corp. The redevelopment  employed10 construction workers.

For more information about this project please download the information flyer for Fillmore Street (in PDF).

651 New Affordable Housing Units Built on Five Cleaned Properties in the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program

New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) Director Daniel Walsh announced today the completion of five environmental cleanups in the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program that will deliver 651 new affordable housing units in the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. These projects are located on 41st Avenue in Long Island City section of Queens, Rider Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, 161st Street in Jamaica section of Queens, West 29th Street in Chelsea, and West 116th Street in Harlem. This brings the total number of new affordable housing units on completed cleanup sites in the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program to 760.

OER provides financial incentives for environmental cleanup of projects that will be used for affordable or supportive housing. These incentives include increased NYC Brownfield Incentive Grant funding, free Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, and grants and low-interest loans. For more information about incentives for environmental cleanup on affordable or supportive housing projects, Contact OER and ask for Mark McIntyre.

Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation Announces Completion of Environmental Cleanup in Chelsea, Manhattan

OER Director Daniel Walsh today announced the completion of environmental cleanup at 260 West 26th Street in Manhattan. The property will be occupied by a 12-story, 221,000 square foot mixed use retail and residential building, including 41 units of affordable housing for residents below 60% of the area median income. Residents of the affordable housing units are expected to be NYC artisits. The development is led by Chelsea W26 LLC. The environmental remediation was supported by cleanup grants under the NYC Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program. The property was formerly an automotive parking lot with above ground hydraulic lifts and will now receive the New York City Green Property Certification, which demonstrates that the new building is among the safest buildings in New York City to live and work. The cleanup was managed by CA Rich Consultants, Inc. The redevelopment created approximately 250 construction jobs and will create 35 permanent jobs.

For more information about this project please download the information flyer for 260 West 26th Street (in PDF).

The New York City Clean Soil Bank is Officially Launched by the NYC Mayor's Office

The New York City Clean Soil Bank was officially launched by the NYC Mayor’s Office on December 19, 2013. This landmark soil exchange that will enable reuse of clean native soil excavated during development of remediated brownfield properties in the New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program on City and other brownfield construction sites that need clean soil, saving brownfield developers and the City up to $5 million in soil purchase and disposal costs each year, reducing truck traffic, highway congestion and associated vehicle emissions, and lowering the impact of soil transfer stations in environmental justice neighborhoods in the City. The program is available to any project that enrolls in the New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program and clean soil can be used to elevate properties and build protective barriers to protect against storm surges. The NYC Clean Soil Bank fulfills a milestone of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency.

The NYC Mayor's Office Announces Completion of Fourteen Cleanup Projects in New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program

The NYC Mayor’s Office announced the completion of fourteen cleanup projects in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in the New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program. Collectively, the cleanups resulted in the removal of over 195,000 tons of soil and remediation of 5.6 acres of land. Construction of new buildings on these fourteen properties is now nearly complete and will include over 1.7 million square feet of new industrial, commercial, retail and residential building space—representing over $820 million in new private capital investment. These fourteen projects will create over 500 new jobs, and 250 new units of affordable housing and generate over $147 million in new revenue for the City. A total of 21 brownfields have now been cleaned up in the New York City Voluntary Cleanup Program since its recent launch and about 140 others are currently underway.

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