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$151 million for Staten Island, N.Y. coastal resiliency

Staff Writer | May 31, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $151 million state investment to build a multi-use elevated promenade to improve the resilience of Staten Island's east shore and enhance waterfront access for surrounding communities.
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The coastal resiliency project, a seven-mile long seawall stretching from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach, will protect communities from severe coastal flooding, while creating new wetland habitats and recreational amenities, including a promenade, biking and walking pathways and easy access to public beaches.

Throughout the process, the state has successfully urged the Army Corps to incorporate elements that enhance access to the waterfront and offer recreational amenities to the community.

The seawall will be built up to 20 feet above sea level to protect against a storm at least the size of Sandy – the “300 year-level” storm, while incorporating wetlands and recreational options for a comprehensive coastal resiliency solution.

The multi-use promenade can support a range of recreational activities, including outdoor concerts, beer and food tastings, cultural festivals, nature walks, seaside carnivals, bike races, marathons and other running competitions, environmental education, and other events and community gatherings.

To ensure that the transformative project meets the unique needs of the community, the Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a series of interactive community-based design forums.

The forums will allow interested members of the community to offer direct input into the final design of the seawall promenade and participate in the development of the project. New York will host a project website and keep the public closely informed through frequent updates.

Leveraging the state's previous investments in coastal resilience, the project also includes the construction of flood resilient wetlands in Oakwood Beach where the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery purchased more than 300 properties after Superstorm Sandy.

The nearly $123 million voluntary buyout program serves as a national model for similar efforts.

A final design will be complete in the winter of 2018. Construction is slated to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2022.